Area on high flood alert

Waddington Road closed due to flood water under the railway bridge.
Waddington Road closed due to flood water under the railway bridge.

FLASH floods struck parts of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley again on Thursday evening aftertorrential downpours.

Heavy rain ran straight off ground already saturated after the wettest June on records and, with drains unable to cope, many roads were soon like rivers, making driving conditions difficult.

Olivia Marsden (15) hitches a ride off Jenny Harper (15) under the railway bridge on Waddington Road.

Olivia Marsden (15) hitches a ride off Jenny Harper (15) under the railway bridge on Waddington Road.

Flooding occurred at most of the usual hotspots such as beneath the Waddington Road railways bridge in Clitheroe, which was almost impassable for a time. Several parts of Chatburn and Whalley were also hit.

And worse could be yet to come, with The Environment Agency warning people across the North West to remain vigilant as latest forecasts predict heavy and persistent rain over the next eight hours.

Steve Moore, Director of the Environment Agency in the North West, said: “We are experiencing a period of very unsettled weather and, where necessary, our teams are out monitoring river levels and ensuring that blockages to rivers and drains are removed.” The public are encouraged to remain vigilant and those concerned about flooding can call Floodline 0845 988 1188.