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Flood alert issued for River Ribble at Preston as Storm Christoph causes heavy rain

Posted on - 19th January, 2021 - 12:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
The River Ribble

A flood alert has been issued for the River Ribble as Storm Christoph continues to cause disruption.

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River levels are rising at the Walton-le-Dale river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall.

Flooding of property, roads and farmland could start this afternoon (19 January), and last until tomorrow (20 January) according to the Environment Agency.

Read more: Storm Christoph set to cause heavy rain and potential travel disruptions across Preston and Lancashire

Flooding is expected to affect low lying land and roads in Preston, Fulwood, Cadley, Lea, Penwortham, Darwen, Blackburn, Higher Walton, Walton-le-Dale and Samlesbury.

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

Read more: Storm Christoph causes flooding on the rail line between Leyland and Bolton

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 36 hours.

River levels are expected to remain high until Thursday evening (20 January) and the situation is being closely monitored.

For the latest flood information, click here.

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