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Flood warning withdrawn for River Ribble as Storm Eleanor swirls in

Posted on - 3rd January, 2018 - 7:51am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Preston weather
The Ribble at Broadgate shortly after midnight on Wednesday Pic: Neetal Parekh
The Ribble at Broadgate shortly after midnight on Wednesday Pic: Neetal Parekh

A flood warning for the River Ribble has been withdrawn.

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Water levels on the Ribble at Lower Penwortham rose rapidly during Tuesday (2 January) evening as Storm Eleanor swept in.

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Pictures showed the river swelling at Broadgate and the Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the Lower Penwortham side of the river.

However, the warning was withdrawn shortly before 2am on Wednesday (3 January) as high tide had been reached.

The Ribble’s water level peaked at 3m, and the Walton-le-Dale meaurement at London Road, needs to hit 3.5m for a risk of minor flooding.

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The highest recorded water level on the Ribble at Preston was 5.6m on Boxing Day in 2015 when flooding was experienced in Penwortham and Lostock Hall.

The Met Office has a yellow warning of high winds, with gusts of up to 60mph, expected throughout Wednesday.

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