A FLOOD Warning, and an alert, have been issued for north Cumbria.

The Flood Information service put out a warning for Keswick Campsite, the Northern edge of Derwentwater, earlier today.

An alert has also been put out for the "Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwentwater" - the area around the main body of the lake and around rivers and watercourses to the south.

A warning means that flooding is expected with immediate action required, an alert means that flooding is "possible, so be prepared".

In a statement about the Keswick Campsite warning spokesman for the service said: "River levels remain high at the Lodore river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected.

"Flooding is expected to affect low lying areas bordering the shores of Derwent Water and the frontage of the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club Site River and lake levels will remain high during today, November 20, with further rain forecast this morning.

"We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Our incident response staff are checking defences.

"Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

Speaking about the alert he said: "The level of Derwentwater remains high as a result of recent heavy rainfall.

"Flooding is expected to affect low lying land and roads in the Seatoller, Stonethwaite, Rosthwaite, Grange-in-Borrowdale and Derwent Water shoreline areas.

"High river and lake levels are possible on the River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck, Watendlath Beck, Derwentwater and their tributaries.

"Rain is expected which will keep levels high but will turn drier this afternoon.

He said the next update will be tomorrow morning unless the situation changes.