Rural roads north of Preston closed due to ‘waist-high’ floodwater

Posted on - 20th January, 2021 - 8:04pm | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Preston News, Preston weather, Roads, Transport
Flooded River Ribble near London Road Pic: @vladivir
Flooded River Ribble near London Road Pic: @vladivir

Road closures are in place in the Catforth and Bartle areas of Preston due to flooding from Storm Christoph.


Many roads are affected by surface water flooding, while Catforth Road is closed between School Lane and Lewth Lane due to waist-high water.

Rural roads flooding Pic: Preston Police
Rural roads flooding Pic: Preston Police

Preston Police are reporting delays and having to rescue stranded vehicles. Properties have been flooded by bow waves from cars attempting to pass.

While the flood warning on the River Ribble has been downgraded to ‘Flooding is possible – be prepared’, Preston Police took to Twitter to urge people to stay away from paths near the river.

Meanwhile train operator Northern has advised customers against travelling as Storm Christoph continues to cause disruption on the railways.

Torrential rain and flooding has led to the closure of several rail routes, while others suffered ‘significant disruption’.

With floodwater affecting roads in the region, there have also been issues with rail replacement services.

Regional director Chris Jackson said: “Unfortunately the situation is only getting worse and we have had to make the difficult decision to ask our customers not to travel on the Northern rail network in the north-west for the rest of today.

“We will continue to work alongside Network Rail throughout the night to prepare for rail services to resume on Thursday morning, but I urge anyone who needs to make essential journeys tomorrow to allow extra time for travel and to check carefully before setting off.”

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