Homes evacuated and flood warnings issued as heavy rain hits Lancashire

Flood warnings have been issued in Lancashire as heavy rain continues to fall across the county.

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 11:26 am

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings - the second highest alert - in Lancaster today (August 5).

It comes amid reports Lentworth Drive, Claughton Drive and Whinfell Drive were shut due to flooding between Barton Road and Bentham Road at around 6.25am this morning.

Two flood warnings have been issued as a result of rising river levels at the Burrow Beck, leading to the possible flooding of roads and farmland from 7am until 10am today.

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Properties on Lentworth Drive, Whinfell Drive, Beechwood Gardens, Bowerham Road, off Cranwell Avenue, Hodder Place, Cork Road, Canterbury Avenue are at risk.

The government's Flood Information Service writes: "We expect river levels to remain high until 10am on Wednesday, August 5.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences.

"Please avoid contact with flood water."

Residents are being urged to avoid contact with flood water.

Fire crews alongside police, Lancaster City Council, the Environment Agency and the Great Places Housing Group have been called to assist with flooding in Lentworth Drive.

It has been confirmed around 50 people have been evacuated from their homes due to the flood waters, but no injuries have been reported.

Four fire engines, two swift water rescue teams, a high volume pump and the aerial support unit are at the scene to help control and reduce the water levels.

A spokeman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "There are two multi-storey residential properties and approximately 10 other domestic properties affected by the flood waters.

"Around 50 people have been affected and firefighters are liaising with these residents.

"There are some road closures in place around the area and members of the public are urged to stay away from the area if possible."

An emergency rest centre has been set up by Lancaster City Council at St Paul's Church hall in Scotforth.

Flooding has also been predicted to affect low lying land and roads in Abbeystead, Dolphinholme, Galgate, Scorton, Garstang, Churchtown and Billsborrow.

This is due to rising water levels at the Garstang Flood Control Structure.

High river levels are possible on the Rivers Wyre, Conder, Calder and Brock, Barton Brook, Woodplumpton Brook and their tributaries until 3pm today.

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