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Preston flood warnings remain in force as city endures deluge of rain and flooded roads

Posted on - 6th October, 2023 - 7:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, Ribble Valley News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
The River Ribble bursting its banks at the Tickled Trout at Samlesbury Pic: Ben Pettit

Three flood warnings remain in force for the River Ribble between Ribchester and Preston as further rainfall continues during Friday evening.

Update: All flood warnings and alerts now withdrawn for River Ribble at Preston

The Environment Agency says 45.8mm of rain has fallen in the last 24-hours in the city with the reservoir at Haighton near Grimsargh showing 48.9mm of rain recorded.

It has led to flood warnings on the Ribble at Samlesbury, Walton-le-Dale and Ribchester.

Read more: Work on the Broadgate flood defences

The Ribble at Walton-le-Dale near Victoria Road, swelled to 4.5m – well above its normal level and at Ribchester reached more than 5m to burst its banks and shut the road between the Ribchester Arms and the A59.

Lancashire County Council has been dealing with surface water flooding on a number of roads across the city which were rendered impassable by flood water.

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’ve been hit by a period of really stormy weather over the last few hours, and are still dealing with some of the impacts on our roads.

“If you need to travel, please leave more time for your journey and be particularly cautious as there is still standing water in some places, and there may still be some emergency road closures in place. Please stay safe if you are out and about, and don’t drive into flood waters.

“Any standing water should eventually drain away, but if there does appear to be a bigger problem please let us know so that we can investigate.”

And Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had to leap into action to rescue a motorist who became stuck at Catforth Road after the vehicle they were driving became stuck in water.

The Met Office has a heavy rain warning remaining in force for Preston and the surrounding area until 3am on Saturday (7 October).

The city is expected to bask in temperatures of 20 degrees this weekend and enjoy mainly sunny spells throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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