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Flood alert in place for River Ribble and Darwen as heavy rain forecast

Posted on - 4th April, 2024 - 5:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather, Roads, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
The flood alert map
The flood alert map

A flood alert is in place for two rivers with heavy rain forecast overnight this evening.

The River Ribble and River Darwen are included in the areas most at risk and the warning is expected to be in place until 10am tomorrow morning (April 5).

A flood alert is the least severe form of warning the Environment Agency can issue. Although heavy rain is expected, there is no weather warning in place from the Met Office for Preston or the surrounding area.

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The Environment Agency also said that while no property flooding is expected, they are monitoring the situation closely.

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.

The Met Office has named Storm Kathleen and wind warnings have been issued from 8am on Saturday (April 6). However, while these will affect areas of the Fylde Coast, they do not currently cover Preston.

Christoph Almond, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Gusts of 50 mph are expected quite widely on Saturday, while some exposed spots, particularly on the coast, will see 60 to 70 mph gusts with large waves also likely.” 

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