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UPDATED: 300 evacuated as floods take hold

Cala Gran Holiday Park at Fleetwood.

Cala Gran Holiday Park at Fleetwood.

AROUND 300 people have been evacuated from a caravan park after flooding spread across the Fylde coast on Tuesday.

Holidaymakers at the Cala Gran Holiday Park, in Fleetwood, were told to leave the park on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the site said: “The River Wyre has burst its banks and the forecast is heavy rain for the next 24 hours so as a precaution we decided to close the resort and most of the 300 families have left.

“When the water gets that high it could interfere with electrical equipment so it’s wiser not to have people around.

“Most of the families are just driving home but a few of them are looking for other accommodation.”

Residents on Sunnyside Terrace, Cartgate, in Preesall, found around 100 sandbags had been dropped outside their houses by Wyre Council yesterday morning.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Wyre.

A vehicle was was left stranded on the A583 Blackpool Road, near the Bell and Bottle pub, just before 7.30am after its engine cut out as the driver attempted to drive through water on the road, causing a build up of traffic.

A Blackpool police spokeswoman said they had received reports of standing water on many roads but there were no road closures in place.

In Staining, cars were unable to drive through the village’s main roads after the heavy rainfall.

The water rose so high along Chain Lane, cars had to be pulled out and taken to the village hall car park to dry out.

John Singleton, councillor for Staining, said: “The main road through Staining was impassable at 8pm yesterday. At least one car owner was left stranded in the middle of the lake.

“The water was extremely high. Cars had to turn around on Kings Close before they even got to the village.”

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council said its flood plan had been put in place.

She said: “We will be doing all we can to respond to calls as and when they come in and we would also ask residents to take all necessary precautions to protect individual properties.”

Blackpool Council said it was “keeping a close eye” on the situation, although no roads were closed due to flooding, while Fylde Council said it had “no arrangements” for precautionary measures such as sandbags to be delivered.

Dave Britton, from the Met Office, said: “Rain will persist across Blackpool and Lancashire.

“It will be a very wet day with some strong and blustery winds.”

Meanwhile Blackpool FC called on Lancashire County Cricket Club to secure the use of a water hog, used to soak up excess water, to ensure the pitch was fit for play against Huddersfield Town.

 

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