Motorists told to drive ‘only if absolutely necessary’ after torrential rain and Environment Agency issues six severe flood warnings

Police have warned motorists in Cumbria to drive “only if absolutely necessary” after torrential rain left roads flooded and put more than 1,000 homes at risk.

The Environment Agency has issued six severe flood warnings – its highest level of alert – and emergency reception centres were set up in Kendal and Egremont. But Dave Hughes, the chairman of Kendal Mountain Rescue, said not everyone had been willing to leave their homes.

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Source: Guardian Environment