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Highway teams on standby as Storm Ciara set to hit Preston today

Posted on - 8th February, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
Storm clouds over Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall
Storm clouds over Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall

Lancashire County Council highway teams are on standby to deal with any issues caused by Storm Ciara this weekend.

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Earlier in the week we reported how the storm was set to hit Preston on Sunday 9 February – but a Yellow warning for high winds has now been issued for today (Saturday) from midday.

The storm brings the potential for disruption to travel as a result of debris and surface water flooding on roads. 

Any problems on the roads caused by the storm, which do not require an emergency response, should be reported to local police by calling 101. Issues will then be passed on to highway teams as necessary. 

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re well prepared for whatever Storm Ciara brings this weekend, ensuring our highway teams are ready to deal with incidents such as blocked roads, as well as any other urgent repairs and maintenance that may be needed. 

“I would remind everyone to check the advice issued by the Met Office, and consider whether their plans may be affected. You can also find advice on our website about what to do before, during, and after a flood. 

“I’d also ask people to check on any vulnerable friends and relatives who may struggle to get out and about when the weather is bad. Rogue traders also often target vulnerable people in the days following a storm by cold calling and offering to carry out unnecessary, overpriced, and shoddy repairs. You can find reputable tradespeople by using our Safe Trader Scheme.”

For more information about Lancashire County Council’s preparations for winter and what you can do to reduce the impact of flooding, visit the LCC website.

Are you prepared for Storm Ciara? Let us know in the comments.

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