More Heavy Rains Predicted for English County of Cumbria

COCKERMOUTH, England, Nov. 24 (UPI) — Heavy rains could bring more flooding to already-saturated northwest England, meteorologists warned Tuesday.

Residents of the English county of Cumbria were placed on alert for more flooding even as they began returning to their homes after record weekend rainfalls inundated homes, washed out bridges and flooded roads, the BBC reported.

Britain’s Environment Agency Wednesday warned Cumbrians further rains could prompt water levels to reach a “big peak” later, saying up to 3.9 inches of rain is expected to fall over high ground in 17 warning areas around England and Wales. River levels, however, were not predicted to return to last week’s catastrophic levels.

“The ground is very waterlogged and rivers are already very high so any amount of rain that falls goes very quickly into the rivers.” Phil Rothwell, the Environment Agency’s head of flood strategy, told the BBC.

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