Flood Warnings and Alerts:

The Environment Agency will issue 3 types of Alert/Warning:

It is important to remember that these are issued at Predicted Levels, not actual.

Flood Alert:  This means that flooding is possible and you need to stay alert and vigilant, making early preparations for a potential flood.

Flood Warning:  This means that flooding is expected and immediate action is required to protect yourself and your property.

Severe Flood Warning:  Severe flooding is expected, and is likely to cause significant risk to life and destruction of property.

In Appleby we receive a lot of flood alerts for The Sands area of town – these are issued once the river is expected to reach a water level of 1.8m or over.  To put this into perspective, the water does not get onto the road on The Sands until it has reached a level of 3.1m and therefore an alert is a very early trigger.


Sign up for Flood Warnings

Sign up to receive Flood Warnings by phone, email or text message if your home or business is at risk of flooding.

You’ll need to provide:

  • the address you’re registering
  • a phone number you can be contacted on day or night
  • an email address


You can also register by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188

The Flood Hub

The Flood Hub is a great source of information and resources to support householders, businesses and communities across the North West in becoming more flood resilient.


Check the River Level for the River Eden in Appleby


Flood Risk Management

Flood Risk Managment

Flood Resilience

Visit the CAfS website for a really useful eight-page guide to adapting your home for flood resilience.

Not sure what flood resilience measures you need? You might be eligible for a free home audit.

And, follow along as a house in Appleby is renovated to cope better with flooding in the future.