Watch River Ribble way above its banks at Walton le Dale

Posted on - 26th December, 2015 - 10:28am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, Walton-le-Dale


The River Ribble has burst its banks at Walton-le-Dale spreading into the fields behind.

Persistent and heavy rain has caused the Met Office to issue a red weather warning for Preston and Lancashire for Boxing Day.

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Laura Ousby sent us footage of the Ribble near the Shawes Arms on Boxing Day morning.

She said: “We have seen the river go past the trees but never that far into the fields behind.”

It shows the river has burst its banks and is growing every higher up the bridge where the A6 London Road crosses it.


The Environment Agency has this area of the Ribble, and the section down to Avenham Park, listed as a flood warning area.

The Ribble rising Pic: Tyler Moore

The Ribble rising Pic: Tyler Moore

The Ribble is currently at 5.04 metres, flooding is possible above 3m. The previous highest level for the Ribble on record at Walton-le-Dale was 4.93m but the Ribble around 5pm reached 5.45m.

A number of flood warnings and alerts are issued for the Ribble, including severe flood warnings at Ribchester where homes are being evacuated.

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