Preston flooding: Everything you need to know to help deal with floods

Posted on - 27th December, 2015 - 5:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston weather
Flooding has affected large parts of Preston

Flooding has affected large parts of Preston

Torrential rain from Christmas Day evening onwards led to houses being evacuated and images like the one seen above.


Parks in Preston have become unrecognisable and homes in Walton-le-Dale had to be abandoned as a result of the floods.

Below is some of the information that may be required as the recovery efforts from the floods continue.

Important contact details

Flooding from highway drainage, surface water, groundwater or watercourses call 0300 123 6780.

Flooding from river or coastal waters call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188.

To report a flood incident or a risk of flooding call the Extended Floodline Service on 0845 988 1188.

Any immediate risk to life then call 999.

How to clean your home safely

Talk to your insurance company and follow their advice.

Wear rubber boots, waterproof gloves and an apron. Goggles and face masks can also be useful.

Wash clothes used for cleaning on a separate cycle.

Clean and disinfect work surfaces, pans, plates and everything else before using with food.

Ensure good ventilation to property.

Mould should disappear as your home dries but if it persists, contact a specialist cleaner.

Flood recovery grants

In previous flooding caused by Storm Desmond, homes in Lancaster, Wyre and Ribble Valley were given £500 per household to help with recovery costs including the provision of temporary accommodation.

Small and medium sized businesses could also apply for financial recovery assistance.

This was in addition to any relief provided by insurance payments.

Although this information doesn’t relate specifically to the issues in Preston, you can apply for hardship grants by filling out the form here.

Are there any further weather warnings?

There is a warning of heavy rain for Wednesday, December 30 but it is expected that Sunday-Tuesday will be better with a small chance of rain.

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