Flood alert at River Ribble and weather warning for rain set for Preston

Posted on - 10th December, 2023 - 12:46pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, South Ribble News
A rainbow over Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
A rainbow over Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Further heavy rain is likely to bring some flooding and disruption this evening, according to a new warning from the Met Office.


A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for Preston and the surrounding area from 5pm today (December 10) until 3am tomorrow morning (December 11).

The Met Office warn that some homes and businesses could be affected, public transport is likely to be affected and the rain falling on already wet ground points towards more disruption in general.

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A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “After a brief lull once morning rain clears from west to east across the area, further heavy rain or showers will develop Sunday evening, before clearing during the early hours of Monday.


“Many parts will see 15-20 mm, with the wettest spots seeing 30-40 mm. Given very wet ground, some impacts are likely.”

As a result, the Environment Agency has also issued a flood alert for the Lower River Ribble and River Darwen with river levels expected to rise when the heavy rain returns.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “River levels remain high but are beginning to fall on the River Ribble and River Darwen due to heavy rainfall.

“Further heavy rainfall is forecast on Sunday from 9am to Midday, then from 5pm into the evening, which will cause river levels to rise again.

“Areas most at risk include River Ribble from Samlesbury and the River Darwen from Darwen including Blackburn, Preston, Walton-Le-Dale, Pleasington and Higher Walton.”

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