Flood alert issued for River Ribble estuary west of Preston

Posted on - 18th February, 2022 - 10:29am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Fylde News, Penwortham, Preston News, Preston weather, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
The flood alert area. Pic: GOV

The UK Government has issued a flood alert for the Ribble Estuary to the west of Preston as Storm Eunice descends on the North West.


The alert was issued due to the high tide and waves forecast at 1pm today (Friday 18 February), with impacts possible for two hours before and afterwards.

The flood alert area covers Freckleton Marsh, Riversway Docklands, Lower Penwortham, Hutton Marsh, Longton Marsh, Becconsall Marsh, Much Hoole Marsh, Bretherton Eyes, Croston Finney, Hesketh Out Marsh, and Hundred End.

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Storm Eunice is forecast to bring strong winds, large waves and spray overtopping the coast.

The government incident rooms are open, and they will closely monitor the situation.

They said they will re-issue alerts/warnings if necessary, with incident response staff closing flood gates and checking defences.

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The government warned residents to be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous.

They also said that driving routes to coastal roads should be planned as they may be flooded, but they do not expect to see a similar impact during tomorrow’s high tides (Saturday 19 February).

But higher than normal tides at midday on Sunday (20 February) are expected, with further alerts/warnings likely to be issued.

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