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Preston flooding: Homes pumped in Walton le Dale as flood warnings are stood down

Posted on - 27th December, 2015 - 9:38am | Author - | Posted in - News, Walton-le-Dale, Weather
Fire crews at work in Victoria Road

Fire crews at work in Victoria Road

Preston has awoken to no rain on Sunday for the first time in more than 36 hours.

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Torrential downpours from Christmas Day evening onwards led to widespread flooding and record river levels during Boxing Day.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have continued to work throughout Saturday night and into Sunday morning to try and clear properties affected by the flood water.

A crew spent several hours from 2am in Victoria Road, Walton-le-Dale, an area highlighted by Blog Preston as suffering from rising flood water.

Fire crews survey the scene on Victoria Road

Fire crews survey the scene on Victoria Road

A spokeswoman said: “Several properties were flooded with up to 1m of water which had affected electrics.

“Firefighters were able to use a light portable pump and a major pump to remove water from several properties on this street.”

Up to 40 homes in South Ribble have been affected by the flooding.

Western Drive in Leyland is the worst affected according to South Ribble Borough Council.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to pump water from basements and homes in the Victoria Road area of Walton-le-Dale during Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews in Victoria Road on Sunday morning

Fire crews in Victoria Road on Sunday morning

Councillor Warren Bennett, deputy leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “We are fortunate to have been much less severely affected than many of our neighbouring areas. That will be of small comfort to the devastated residents of the 40 properties in South Ribble who suffered flooding, and we’re doing everything we can to help them.

“There is more rain forecast, and with the record rainfall we’ve already had, we need to be prepared and remain alert.”

An out of hours number for the borough council in emergencies is 01772 625499.

Brockholes Nature Reserve remains closed due to flooding, as they say many of its pathways are completely underwater.

All flood alerts for Preston have been stood down. On Saturday night there were eleven warnings and alerts.

The River Ribble reached the highest recorded levels by the Environment Agency during Sunday afternoon. At London Road bridge in Walton-le-Dale it topped 5.5m, compared to a previous high of 4.93m. Police closed access to The Boulevard in Frenchwood over fears the flood wall may burst, as well as shutting off access to the Broadgate pedestrian bridge.

On Sunday morning the Ribble is still running fairly high but the morning has dawned bright and sunny.

The River Ribble on Sunday morning Pic: Louise Hogg

The River Ribble on Sunday morning Pic: Louise Hogg

The Met Office has issued a warning of heavy rain for Wednesday, but the forecast for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday look good for Preston with a small chance of rain.

Avenham Park Pavillion slowly disappearing in flood water Pic: Peter Kelly

Avenham Park Pavillion slowly disappearing in flood water Pic: Peter Kelly

Preston’s parks remain a waterlogged mess, with the Avenham Park Pavilion a victim of the flooding.

Have you been affected by the flooding? Let us know in the comments below or email contactus@blogpreston.co.uk

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