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Watch River Ribble pressure on Walton le Dale flood wall as residents evacuate homes

Posted on - 26th December, 2015 - 9:31pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Roads, Transport, Walton-le-Dale, Weather

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Surface water is swilling around on Walton-le-Dale’s road network as the River Ribble continues to run high.

Drivers are being urged to slow down particularly along Victoria Road.

Water is covering the road and a number of homes have been evacuated.

Traffic passing through standing water in Victoria Road on Boxing Day evening Pic: Louise Hogg

Traffic passing through standing water in Victoria Road on Boxing Day evening Pic: Louise Hogg

One Blog Preston reader, who asked to remain anonymous, has taken her family away from her home as she said water was coming up from the basement.

Basement of a home in Victoria Road

Basement of a home in Victoria Road

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said they had received a number of reports of flooding in the Victoria Road area, but had not sent crews to attend. They said there was no risk to life and had to prioritise other incidents. The fire service have now attended Victoria Road and pumped a number of properties clear.

Beyond the fence, the River Ribble in flood Pic: Louise Hogg

Beyond the fence, the River Ribble in flood Pic: Louise Hogg

Meanwhile, video footage above shows the flood wall at Victoria Road leaking water, and small waves of water are gushing towards people’s homes when cars pass along the road.

As of 11pm on Boxing Day the water level in the area has started to fall, although Kings Croft remains flooded.

Kings Croft, off Victoria Road, in Walton-le-Dale on Boxing Day evening

Kings Croft, off Victoria Road, in Walton-le-Dale on Boxing Day evening

The River Ribble is running at around 5.2m, which is 2m above the flood expected line. The river level is beginning to fall as the evening progresses.

11 flood warnings and alerts are still in force for the River Ribble and Darwen, as heavy rain battered Preston from Christmas Day evening onwards.

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