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Watch rising River Ribble water levels near Tickled Trout

Posted on - 5th December, 2015 - 4:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Grimsargh, News, Walton-le-Dale, Weather

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Water levels on the River Ribble continue to rise steadily as Storm Desmond continues to lash Preston and Lancashire.

A flood warning is in place for the Ribble at Samlesbury and down into Brockholes.

The popular nature reserve has been forced to close its doors for the second time in three weeks due to the risk of flooding.

Rising river levels are shown in these two videos sent in by Blog Preston readers, giving an idea of how high the river is getting to the East of Preston. High tide is due around 6.40pm on Saturday evening.

Stephen Melling’s footage above shows the water levels near the Brockholes reserve, compared to a week ago.

The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood warnings and alerts for the Preston area, including into Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale.

A statement from the Environment Agency said: “Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday 5 December and into the early hours of Sunday. River levels are already beginning to rise and will continue to do so during today, with the forecast peak at 21:45. Environment Agency staff are monitoring the situation and operations staff are out on the ground.”

The Ribble is rising steadily near the Tickled Trout hotel Pic: Iain Moore

The Ribble is rising steadily near the Tickled Trout hotel Pic: Peter Reid

The Met Office has an amber warning of heavy rain and winds in place for Preston throughout Saturday evening and into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been called out to pump water at a number of roads in Preston, mainly on the northern edge of the city.

Have you been affected by the wild weather? You can let us know in the comments below or send us information via @blogpreston on Twitter, inbox us on Facebook or emailcontactus@blogpreston.co.uk

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