Sandbags are being delivered to West Cumbria so people can fortify themselves against the forecast bad weather this weekend. 

Bags for the Maryport area will be delivered to Maryport Town Hall and Flimby Ambulance Station. 

Each household will be allocated six. 

The A595 was closed between the Papcastle roundabout and the Thursby roundabout at 8am and is due to reopen this evening. 

The B5300 was also shut in both directions just after 9am.

Wigton road, between Allonby and Maryport, was closed this morning and reopened just after 1pm.

All rail services between Carlisle and Workington have been cancelled and replaced with a bus service.

It is understood there has been a landslide on the coastal railway between Whitehaven and Carlisle. 

A spokesman for Northern Rail said it was hoped trains will run regularly from tomorrow, Saturday, December 5.

The Environment Agency said its staff have been "working flat out" to find out the source of the floods.

They will work all weekend and through the night to try and tackle them.

A spokesman said: "We've opened up our incident room and we've got teams on the ground who are trying to see where the floods are coming from and what local impacts there have been.

"We're hoping to get work done before it starts raining again and we've got a 24-hour rota right through to Monday and Tuesday."

United Utilities staff have also been out in force. 

A spokesman said: "

Our engineers are busy supporting the wider clean up operation in the aftermath of the torrential rains that hit the area this week.

"Some of our engineers, who have lived and worked in the area for years, described the rainfall as more intensive than anything they have ever witnessed.

"In 2012, we invested in a scheme to increase the capacity of Maryport's sewer network. This saw us install an underground storage tank cable of holding more than 10,000 cubic metres of rainwater.

"The detention tank worked as it was supposed to during the storms this week and did help to alleviate some pressure on the sewer network. However, it is clear that intensive rainfall saturated the ground, overwhelmed some local water courses, and put immense pressure on council highways drains - leading to significant flooding."

A Cumbria police spokesman said that the force had been called to at least a dozen incidents since last night evening and officers would be working with the highways team.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service attended 45 incidents in the Maryport area between 5pm yesterday and 7am this morning.

Crews used pumps to remove water from flooded properties.

Lifeboat crews at Maryport Inshore Rescue have been called to four incidents since yesterday evening.

They went to Flimby, Arkleton Bridge and attended two further separate incidents at Allonby this morning.

At 3am, the crew managed to rescue a man who was trapped in his car and at 7.50am they helped two van drivers who were trapped in floodwater escape.

No one was injured during the incidents.

A spokesman said: "It's been really busy and there's more bad weather. We would advise people not to drive through floodwater.

"We're telling people to stay safe during the flooding."

The Met Office has forecast rain from around 9pm onwards tonight and rain all day tomorrow, until around 3am on Sunday. 

A severe weather warning has been issued from noon today until 6am on Sunday. 

Last night, a deluge meant several roads were closed and people were warned to stay at home after persistent rain caused flooding.

Cumbria police issued advice telling people to avoid travelling if they can. 

Officers dealt with flooding in Keswick and High Street in Workington was closed. 

Police said last night: "Aspatria, Wigton, Flimby, Broughton Moor, Seaton and Maryport. Numerous flooded roads and vehicles stuck in water." 

Seaton ground to a standstill - water is pouring down the road under Seaton bridge and a car has got stuck, bystanders say it is practically up to its windows in water.

Celia Tibble, of Seaton, said: "We have just spent an hour getting back from Stainburn. 

"There's cars abandoned going onto Stainburn roundabout and we were unable to get out of Clifton onto  the bypass. 

"Moor Road was impassable and we made it by going down by Ginn House, then turned back to Castle Gardens!

Luckily we didn't have to go under the bridge in Seaton."

Villagers in Low Seaton say water is at least three feet deep outside the legion. 

A post on Facebook said people had already had to push one car out of the flooded road and appealed for people to stay away. 

Plumbland is also flooded badly, as this photo, left, by Christine Swallow shows. 

Police said they have been "inundated" with incidents and the west of the county seems to be the worst hit, although surface water is causing chaos across all areas.

There is flooding outside Dovenby's Ship Inn too and the three roads out of Broughton Moor are blocked with cars stuck. 

The corner of Derwent Howe in Workington is closed due to flooding.

Nico McGee posted on Facebook: "I've just driven over the viaduct to Asda and it's flooded as soon as you come off. Tried to get home the same way and cars were turning round, so tried to go outside the council office back to town that's flooded, go under the bridge past Millfield and that's flooded too, had to drive through at a snail's pace. Be careful, I was terrified."

Netherhall Corner in Maryport is about a foot deep in
water and it is understood the road has been closed.

This image, left, was taken by Richard Miller.  

A bus going through Maryport took water on board, it was that high. 

People have also had to help stuck cars at Siddick and people living in Flimby say their village is practically underwater. 

One villager said: "I've never seen as much water as this, even in 2009, when we were affected by the floods then." 

The road along the coast is flooded out in places and Crosby Villa is also suffering.

Andrew Thwaytes says the A595 at Bothel by the Greyhound Inn to Kirkland is flooded and Barry Hope, of Silloth, says the town is practically cut off. 

Reports that Maryport to Seaton and Flimby to Crosby are particularly bad. 

The A596 West Street in Aspatria is closed in both directions between the B5301 Station Road junction and the Hayton Road junction, due to flooding.

The A596 is badly flooded between the Northside roundabout and Flimby. 

The A595 is also badly hit, with flooding in several places and standing water affecting travelling times. 

The A66 has been affected and traffic is slow due to standing water.

Aspatria to Workington is said to be barely passable and a van is thought to be stuck at Hillside up to Broughton Moor. 

Reports are coming in of water flowing down the A66 at Moota, which is also suffering from localised fog, and water flowing down Gote Road in Cockermouth. 

A flood warning for Keswick Campsite remains in place this evening and the agency issued nine alerts for a number of rivers as heavy and persistent rain is forecast.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "With the ground already saturated, the river levels are expected to rise and we may see some localised flooding to low lying land and roads.

"Although Friday is looking a relatively dry day, the rain will again become heavy and persistent in the early hours of Saturday continuing right through until Sunday.

"As river levels are already high, we may see some localised flooding throughout Cumbria."

Flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency:

  • Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwentwater
  • Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake

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The Met Office is predicting high winds and says rain is expected to be heavy at times overnight and tomorrow, falling onto saturated ground. 

This latest bad weather comes on the back of Storm Clodagh, which hit last weekend, causing chaos across the area and cancelling festive events. 

Reader Jan Fialkowski, of Maryport, took this photo of waves crashing off the shore near the town last Sunday.