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New flood alerts in place for areas around the River Ribble

Posted on - 24th February, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Brockholes, Lea, Parks, Penwortham, Preston News, Preston weather, Walton-le-Dale
River coming over its banks in Frenchwood Pic: Lisa Brown
River coming over its banks in Frenchwood Pic: Lisa Brown

The Environment Agency has issued new flood alerts for Monday as rising river levels put parts of Preston and South Ribble at risk.

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Low lying land and roads in Higher Walton, Walton-le-Dale, Samlesbury, Preston, Fulwood, Cadley, Lea and Penwortham could see further flooding due to heavy rainfall overnight and into this morning.

High river levels are possible on the Rivers Ribble, Darwen and Blakewater, Savick Brook, Eaves Brook and Sharoe Brook and their tributaries. 

The Environment Agency is urging residents in those areas to check their flood risk and remain prepared to take action as the situation changes.

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Keith Ashcroft, Area Director for the Environment Agency said: “Across Cumbria and Lancashire we currently have a number of flood alerts and warnings in place.

“This next band of rainfall and wintery conditions could see some low lying roads, parks and some isolated properties being affected.”

“We are expecting further rainfall overnight and into Monday morning.

“Additional rain is also forecast further into early next week. If the forecast remains as it is at present, additional flood alerts and warnings could be issued over the coming days.

“Some flooding impacts are possible due to current ground conditions and river levels.

“During Storms Ciara and Dennis, our flood defences protected a vast amount of properties across Cumbria and Lancashire.

“Once again this weekend our incident rooms have been open overnight monitoring river levels and issuing flood alerts and warnings as needed.

“Our teams have also been out on the ground operating our flood defences, clearing grids, removing blockages and maintaining river flows.

“We have also deployed temporary defences in Ribchester and Billington and have additional pumps on standby across Cumbria and Lancashire, including at Appleby and parts of Carlisle, should they be needed.

“As always, we advise people are prepared for flooding and know their risk.

“We also advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water.”

Visit www.gov.uk/flood or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for advice on how to prepare and signup for flood warnings.

Read more: Roads closed, fields flooded and a cancelled concert: Storm Ciara takes its toll on Preston

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