Preston park floods as more rain predicted

Flooding on Moor Park in Preston
Flooding on Moor Park in Preston
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Large sections of a Preston park are flooded – and the Met Office says that the weather is set to get worse this weekend.

Moor Park has suffered severe problem with flooding, and Preston City Council says is has appointed contractors to start work on the drainage system over the winter.

The weather has been horrendous and it’s rained practically every day in November.

Signs explaining this and other work will be going up at the park next week.

But now the flooding could get worse as the Met Office have issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for heavy rain in the North West – and Preston in particular – for today, Saturday and Sunday.

A Council spokesman said the park’s drainage system has been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of rain.

The spokesman said: “The weather has been horrendous and it’s rained practically every day in November.

“The drainage at Moor Park struggles at the best of times and it has simply been over whelmed by the sheer volume of rain that we’ve had.

“The good news is that with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are investing millions of pounds into improving Moor Park.

“A much better drainage system is key to this project and work has now started on improving the drainage in the park.

“Contractors are on site and the work will take place over the next few months. Hopefully it will have stopped raining by then!”

And a spokesman for the Met Office said that despite the fact the rain will ease off tomorrow, it will be back with a vengeance on Saturday.

He said: “I’m afraid to say the weather is going to get worse. There is a yellow weather warning issued for today, Saturday and Sunday in the North West and particularly in Preston. On Friday it is not going to as bad it will be cloudy and some rain is expected with a 10 degree maximum temperature.

“Saturday will see a return of the heavy rains with temperatures expected to be around 11 degrees but it will be windy. Light showers are expected on Sunday and there may be a bit of sunshine, so the conditions will get a bit better.

“Despite the sunny intervals there will be a lot of rain.”