UK flooding: video footage shows overflowing river in Cumbria amid Met Office warnings of heavy rain

There has been widespread flooding in the North West of England - and the Met Office has issued warnings of life-threatening conditions.

Video has emerged showing flooding in Cockermouth, Cumbria after levels of the river Cocker rose following heavy rains.

Joseph Hill, who lives in Cockermouth, captured the footage on camera.

He said: “I was shocked at the speed the river had risen since the night before, and very concerned as our barn that we’re renovating is entirely flooded and unreachable to assess any damage.

“The power of the river shouldn’t be underestimated. Everything was ok until it suddenly wasn’t.

“The flood defences were working well but once they failed everything was under water in a matter of minutes.”

The Cockermouth Emergency Response Group said on Facebook: ”The Cocker is running very high and we are on the ground there with pumps helping remove surface water at South Street.

“The Derwent is fast and high with some overspill onto Mems. There is a flood warning in place for the Trout Car park and the cricket ground.

“Please put any flood defences you have in place as a precaution. We are already out and about and will keep you updated.”

Additional footage from Georgia, a resident of Glenridding, shows the sheer amount of water coming down from the mountains of the Lake District and contributing to the flooding around Cumbria.

Met Office warnings

Life-threatening floods could hit parts of Britain as the Met Office issued amber weather warnings for heavy rain.

Up to 300mm is expected to fall in parts of the country, an average of 160mm usually falls in the whole of October.

The warnings are in place for north-west England and south-west Scotland and the rain is unlikely to ease until Thursday (28 October) evening.

The Met Office said there could be a “danger to life from fast-flowing or deep floodwater”.

The amber alerts also warn of potential damage to homes and businesses from flooding, dangerous driving conditions and travel disruption.

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