A FLOOD Alert is in force across West Cumbria.

The Environment Agency say flooding is possible in areas near to the rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk.

In an update, issued on Sunday evening, the agency said: "River levels have risen at the Egremont river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

"Consequently, flooding could occur between 10.30pm (Sunday, March 3) and 4pm on Monday, March 4.

"Low lying land and roads in the Harrington, Distington, Whitehaven, Ennerdale Bridge, Cleator Moor, Cleator, Egremont, Beckermet, Braystones, Calder Bridge, Gosforth, Seascale, Wasdale, Holmrook, Eskdale and Bootle areas could be affected by standing water.

"High river levels are possible on the River Wyre, Distington Beck, Pow Beck, River Ehen, River Keekle, Skirting Beck, Whangs Beck, Kirk Beck, Black Beck, River Calder, River Bleng, River Irt, River Mite, River Esk, River Annas and their tributaries.

"We expect river levels to rise until 4am on Monday, March 4.

"We are closely monitoring the situation."

For further updates, visit: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings