Preston battered by Storm Desmond: Traffic lights out, flooding in Fulwood and River Ribble on alert

Posted on - 5th December, 2015 - 11:44am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston News, Preston weather, Transport, Walton-le-Dale
Traffic lights out on Saturday morning on Garstang Road

Traffic lights out on Saturday morning on Garstang Road

Storm Desmond has been lashing Preston since Friday night causing widespread disruption.


Strong winds and heavy rain have led to some surface water flooding along with traffic lights being out.

The junction of Black Bull Lane and Garstang Road (A6) had no traffic lights from 9am until 2pm on Saturday.

Blog Preston readers are also reporting where Eastway meetings Watling Street Road has been closed due to flooding.

Related: Watch River Ribble rising at Samlesbury

Preston Police are diverting all traffic coming from the Watling Street Road direction down Cromwell Road.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been called out to incidents of flooding in Woodplumpton Road and Garstang Road during Saturday morning.

Heavy rain warning

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning, from yellow to amber, of heavy and persistent rain until the early hours of Sunday morning.

They state: “Be prepared for the likelihood of flooding affecting properties and parts of communities. Watercourses may become dangerous, deep and fast-flowing, while further disruption to transport is expected. Note that river flooding may cause high impacts in small areas.”

Flood alerts

Two flood warnings are in force on the River Ribble, including Brockholes Reserve and into Ribchester. The Environment Agency is advising people to leave this area.

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

River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale running high in November Pic: Louise Hogg

A flood alert, the lowest level, is in place for the Lower River Ribble, which includes Walton-le-Dale, Fishwick and Penwortham.

Transport problems

On Friday afternoon Lancashire County Council announced Preston Bus Station’s western side is to be closed until early 2016 due to storm damage.

Virgin Trains has also suspended all services between Preston and Scotland during Saturday.

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 email

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