A COASTGUARD has issued a flood warning as heavy rainfall continues to batter the county.

Millom Coastguard put out the warning this evening saying, 'flooding is possible-be prepared.'

They reported that as a result of 'persistent heavy rainfall' river levels have risen at the Fitz Bridge river gauge and that the flooding of roads and farmland could occur between 14:00 and 01:00 tomorrow (October 30).

According to the coastguard's statement online, flooding is expected to affect low lying land and roads in the Dunnerdale, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Kirkby-in-Furness, Soutergate, Coniston, Ulverston, Dalton-in-Furness and Barrow-in-Furness areas.

And that high river and lake levels are possible on the River Duddon, Kirkby Pool, Soutergate Beck, Church Beck, Yewdale Beck, Coniston Water, River Crake, Town Beck, Dragley Beck, Poaka Beck, Mill Beck and their tributaries.

The statement continued: "We are expecting heavy rain for the next few hours, this will then turn to showers.

"We will have a break in the rain but further rain is forecast throughout the weekend.

"We expect river levels to remain high throughout the weekend.

"The Environment Agency are currently monitoring the situation and have staff available throughout the period to operate any defences."