Lancashire floods: All of the warnings in place - and advice for driving in heavy rain
Wet and windy weather is continuing to hit Lancashire in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, with a multitude of flood warnings currently in place.
These are all of the flood warnings currently in place in Lancashire, alongside driving advice during floods.
Gov.uk says, “Flooding is expected - immediate action required.”
Broughton Beck at Elslack and Broughton Business Park
River Calder at Whalley, around Hole House Farm and Calder Vale
River Calder at Whalley, between Accrington Rd, Judge Walmsley Mill and Hackings Caravan Park
River Calder at Whalley, comprising King St north of Accrington Rd
River Irwell Near Close Park
River Ribble at Ribchester, area surrounding Blackburn Road
River Ribble at Ribchester, bordering Boyces Brook, Greenside and surrounding areas
River Ribble at Samlesbury, around Brockholes Reserve and Lower Brockholes Quarry
River Ribble at Samlesbury, beside the river including Tickled Trout hotel and service station
River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale, area from Fishwick Bottoms to Railway Bridge
River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale, between Avenham and Miller Park
River Wyre at St Michaels South
Can I drive during a flood?
The Met Office explains that “if the road is flooded, turn around and find another route.
“The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don't drown.”
Flood water can also damage your car, with the Met Office adding, “Flood water also contains hidden hazards which can damage your car, and just an egg-cupful of water sucked into your car's engine will lead to severe damage.”
The public are also advised to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk through flood water.
The Met Office also explains that even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen, adding that a good rule of thumb is “if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down.”
If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears, and if you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches, debris and flooding.
You should use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced. Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather so be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard.
You should increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front, and keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility.