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Environment Agency upgrade flood warnings for stretch of River Ribble at Preston

Posted on - 2nd November, 2020 - 7:25am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Fishwick, Preston News, Preston weather, Walton-le-Dale
The areas in red show where flood warnings are in force from the Environment Agency Pic: Environment Agency North West
The areas in red show where flood warnings are in force from the Environment Agency Pic: Environment Agency North West

Three flood warnings are in force for three sections of the River Ribble at Preston and South Ribble.

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Heavy rain overnight as Storm Aiden blew through has triggered the warnings from the Environment Agency.

During Sunday (1 November) evening the section of the Ribble from Samlesbury to Walton-le-Dale was placed on flood alert – the lowest warning level.

During the early hours of Monday (2 November) the flood warning was moved up a severity level, to the second-highest warning.

The new warnings cover:

River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale, between Avenham and Miller Park

River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale, area from Fishwick Bottoms to railway bridge, including the sewage works and Catholic College playing fields

River Ribble at Samlesbury, around Brockholes Reserve and Lower Brockholes Quarry

Footpaths along this stretch of the Ribble and low-lying roads are expected to be flooded.

The Guild Wheel will be inaccessible due to the heavy rain.

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The Environment Agency say they expect floodwater to be in place until around lunchtime on Monday, as river levels continue to rise.

The level of the River Ribble had reached 4.54m by 7am on Monday, still a metre below its record of 5.6m it reached at Christmas 2015.

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