Preston flood warning: River Ribble very high at Walton le Dale

Posted on - 15th November, 2015 - 12:14pm | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Preston News, Preston weather, Walton-le-Dale
River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale Pic: Louise Hogg

River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale Pic: Louise Hogg

Preston’s wet weather shows no sign of let up with a number of flood warnings still in place.


The River Ribble is running at a high level near Walton-le-Dale and a flood warning is in force for the Brockholes Nature Reserve.

The Environment Agency has kept the flood alert, its lowest level warning, in place for Walton-le-Dale, Penwortham and parts of Lostock Hall.

Water flooding over the banks of the Ribble Pic: Louise Hogg

Water flooding over the banks of the Ribble Pic: Louise Hogg

It is the upper stretch of the Ribble towards Samlesbury and Brockholes where the water level is highest.

A statement from Brockholes Nature Reserve said: “Unfortunately Brockholes will be closed until further notice as we are on red alert for flooding.

“There will be no wedding fayre today and we advise volunteers to not come. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

The Met Office has put a yellow weather warning in place for heavy rain from Sunday lunchtime until Tuesday evening.

The chief forecaster said: “Two further frontal systems are expected to run eastwards across the country during Monday night and through Tuesday. These will contain very moist tropical air and are likely to lead to further bouts of persistent and, at times, heavy rain. Totals of 20 to 40 mm are possible over the high ground of NW Wales and NW England with peak values of 60 mm over the most exposed sites.

“Some uncertainties remain over the northern extent of the higher rainfall amounts, as well as the timings of the more intense spells of rain. The warning will therefore be kept under review but with this rainfall falling onto already saturated ground some significant impacts are possible.”

The Ribble at Walton le Dale

The Ribble at Walton le Dale

Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency director of incident Management, said: “Heavy rain is falling on already saturated ground causing rivers to rise and bringing a risk of flooding across the North West. We urge people to check the risk of flooding in their area, sign up for flood warnings and be prepared to take immediate action.

“Our teams are working around the clock with communities at risk to prepare for flooding and maintain flood defences.”

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