Possible flood warning issued by Environment Agency

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods.
Residents gather to watch pumping operations begin.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
27-12-2015

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods. Residents gather to watch pumping operations begin. PIC BY ROB LOCK 27-12-2015

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A possible flood warning due to heavy rain has been issued for the North West.

The Environment Agency is urging residents to check their flood risk, be prepared and be cautious if travelling this weekend, particularly on Saturday and Sunday.

It says rivers in North West already affected by record river levels throughout the wettest December on record are likely to be at risk, with the potential for heavy rainfall causing river levels to rise and flooding drains.

Environment Agency teams are working round the clock checking and maintaining flood defences by completing grid runs, checking flood gates and flood walls closely, clearing blockages in watercourses, monitoring water levels and will issue flood warnings where necessary.

The Environment Agency are continuing to work on the ground to help communities recover from the severe floods which hit Cumbria and Lancashire last month.

Dan Bond from the Environment Agency, said: “We will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary as rivers respond to the rainfall.

“This could also cause drains to overflow, so people need to be ready for flash flooding in some places.

“Environment Agency teams are already out checking flood defences, clearing trash screens and blockages in watercourses and culverts.

“Disruption to travel and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties is possible.

“We urge people to take care and not to drive through flood water.

“People should check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or follow @EnvAgencyNW and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”