Flood barriers installed in Avenham Park in Preston as Storm Dennis approached

Preston City Council have installed flood barriers in Avenham Park in preparation for Storm Dennis.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 5:52 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 6:35 pm

Preston City Council have installed modular flood barriers in Avenham Park today (February 14) as a precautionary measure ahead of this weekend's weather.

The flood defences have been set up around the Pavilion Cafe situated next to the River Ribble.

A spokesperson for Preston City Council said: "Our team will be installing modular flood barriers around the Pavilion Cafe today as a precautionary measure ahead of Storm Dennis.

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"The cafe will remain open for business during this time."

Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment and community safety, has also announced that all park events planned for the weekend have been cancelled due to the severe weather forecast.

He said: “Looking ahead to Storm Dennis, we have taken the decision to call off football matches on our pitches and cancel all events due to take place in parks."

The preventative measures come after Avenham Park flooded when the River Ribble burst its banks on Sunday (February 9) due to heavy rainfall caused by Storm Ciara.

The preventative measurescome after the river Ribble burst its banks due to heavy rainfall caused byStorm Ciara.

A huge clear-up operation began, with volunteers and council staff working together to get the park back up and running.

The flooding also damaged a defibrillator, situated on the outside of a toilet block, leading to the cancellation of the the popular 5km Parkrun which was due to take place this Saturday (February 15).Two yellow warnings for wind and rain have been issued for Saturday (February 15), with an amber weather warning for rain in place for parts of Lancashire including Burnley, Bacup and Clitheroe.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend with a higher likelihood of impacts now expected in some areas.

Modular flood barriers have been installed around the Pavilion Cafe in Avenham Park.

"Around 20-40 mm of rain will fall widely with 50-80 mm likely across parts of northern and southern England.

"Over the higher ground of Wales 100-120 mm of rain is possible in a few locations. This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall."

All park events planned for the weekend have been cancelled due to the weather forecast.
Flooding caused by Storm Ciara damaged a defibrillator, leading to the cancellation of thethe popular 5km Parkrun.