UK – Floods in Cumbria After 211mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Heavy rain in northern England caused flooding in parts of the county of Cumbria.

The Environment Agency said that some areas recorded 211 mm of rain in 24 hours. The Environment Agency issued 18 flood alerts and eight flood warnings.

According to the BBC, Honister, Seathwaite, Ennerdale and Borrowdale were the worst affected.

Two roads and 2 bridges were closed, severely disrupting traffic in the area. Local authorities closed 8 schools. A train line was also closed for some time, causing travel disruption between Carlisle and Maryport. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported.

Cumbria was badly hit by flooding during Storm Desmond of December 2015, when a record 341.4 mm of rain fell in Honister Pass.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: October 12, 2017
Cumbria, England, October 2017
October 10 to October 12, 2017
Flash flood
Extreme rainfall


A - Honister Pass
B - Seathwaite
C - Ennerdale
D - Borrowdale


Rainfall level
211.2 mm in 24 hours
Honister, Cumbria - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
168.4 mm in 24 hours
Seathwaite - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
82.6 mm in 24 hours
Ennerdale - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
83.2 mm in 24 hours
Cornhow - October 10 to October 11, 2017
River level
2.406 metres
Derwent Water at Lodore - October 11 to October 11, 2017
typical range is 0.5 to 1.5 metres


Bridges damaged /closed
2 bridges
Cumbria - October 11 to October 12, 2017
Egremont Bridge in Egremont and Forge Bridge in Eskdale. Road travel was severely disrupted across affected areas. The A595 and A594 roads were closed.
Rail travel

October 11 to October 12, 2017
Railway line blocked between Carlisle and Maryport
Schools closed
8 schools
Cumbria - October 11 to October 12, 2017
According to BBC: Blennerhasset; Borrowdale Primary School; Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School; Ireby School; Oughterside Primary School; Richmond Hill School; St Michael's Primary School; Beacon Hill Community School