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Preston weather warning: Storm Frank to see heavy rain in the city from Tuesday evening

Posted on - 29th December, 2015 - 2:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Weather
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Aerial view of the River Ribble on Sunday morning

Heavy rain as part of Storm Frank is due to arrive in Preston earlier than forecast.

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The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning from the early hours of Wednesday morning but this has now been brought forward to 7pm on Tuesday.

A band of heavy rain is due to cause some localised flooding in Preston and Lancashire, as the Environment Agency says river levels will rise once more.

The chief forecaster for the Met Office says there could be up to 40mm of rain in the period up to 3pm on Wednesday.

Flood alerts, the lowest level warning, are currently in force for the Lower River Douglas covering parts of Longton and the River Lostock and Yarrow catchment covering parts of Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge.

On Boxing Day a number of homes in Walton-le-Dale and across South Ribble were flooded as the River Ribble and River Darwen reached their highest recorded levels.

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In Croston, to the south of Preston, a race against time to repair a damaged flood wall on the River Douglas has seen the Army drafted in to help. Three severe flood warnings are still in force for the village.

A fundraising campaign to help the flood ravaged village has been set up by a Preston woman who has seen her family have to leave their home in Town Road after it was flooded.

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