Deluge leads to flood alert

Rough seas at Blackpool. Gynn Square.
Rough seas at Blackpool. Gynn Square.
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BLACKPOOL was put on flood alert over the weekend as heavy rain battered the coastline.

The Environment Agency placed the Promenade, Princess Parade, the A584, and New South Promenade on flood alert yesterday morning.

The warning was lifted around 5pm yesterday but a flood alert remained in place today for areas such as Garstang and Scorton near the upper River Wyre.

Emergency services said they had not been called to any serious incidents.

But Katharine Evans, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “With more heavy rain forecast, it is still as important as ever to be prepared for flooding, keep up to date with the latest warnings and if you are at risk, to move 
valuable items to safety.

“’Our teams will continue to work around the clock to protect communities from flooding, and we would urge people to stay safe by not walking or driving through flood water.”

Last week fire crews had to pump water from parts of Preesall which suffered flooding.

Firefighters were called out to Sunnyside Terrace, Lancaster Road and Cart Gate as the severe wet weather flooded the area.

The latest close call has prompted councillors, the emergency services and United Utilities to set up a meeting with the hope of coming up with a plan to prevent rain breaching homes in the future.

The meeting will be held on January 23, at the Youth and Community Centre on Lancaster Road. The time of the meeting is yet to be announced.

Philip Mitchell, chairman of Blackpool and Fylde Green Party, said: “If the jet stream is locked because of the arctic warming, I would expect the weather to get worse, not better.”