Residents urged to know flooding risk

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Environment chiefs are urging people across the Garstang area to know their flood risk and make plans to protect their families and homes this winter.

Following one of the wettest summers on record, the Environment Agency is urging people across the county to be flood aware.

This week the organisation launched flood action month.

The Environment Agency’s flood executive for the North West, Sally Sudworth, said: “One in six properties are at risk from flooding in England, but only five per cent of people living and working in these locations accepts that risk.

“Knowing your flood risk and being prepared could save your family, possessions and livelihood.

“You can check your risk of flooding from rivers and the sea on the Environment Agency’s online flood map and then find out what you can do to protect yourself on our website or by speaking to us. Surface water flooding, which happens when rainfall cannot drain away quickly enough, is harder to predict, so it’s important that people get to know flooding hotspots in their neighbourhoods and keep an eye on the weather.

“It is vital people know their flood risk and take steps to protect their families, homes and businesses.”

PC Dave Shaw told a meeting of Garstang Town Council this week that an increase in incidents for September was down to calls relating to flooding.

At the end of September flooding across the area saw trains cancelled and communities on alert.

And Garstang Primary School and St Michael’s CE Primary School were forced to shut.