Call for residents to keep an eye on family, friends and the old and vulnerable in flood aftermath

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Ribble Valley Police have appealed for residents to look out for neighbours, families, friends and also the elderly and vulnerable in the aftermath of the flooding and get in touch with them if they have any concerns at all.

Chief Supt Damian Darcy said: “If you cannot get in touch with a friend of relative or you are concerned about any vulnerable or elderly residents get in touch with the police on 101 and we will visit their homes.’’

Police have also urged drivers to take extra care on smaller roads in the area that have been affected by flooding and may be difficult to access.

There are still around 250 homes in the Ribble Valley without power but engineers have been working round the clock to try and restore the supplies to as many homes as possible.

Council services will continue as normal in the aftermath of the disaster with Ribble Valley Council providing skips in Whalley and Ribchester for residents to dispose of flood damaged goods. The skips are in King Street, Queen Street, Woodland View and Princess Street in Whalley and Greenside and the Richester Arms car park in Ribchester.

Ribble Valley Borough Council chief executive Marshal Scott said: “The floods have been devastating for many of our residents and businesses and we are working with community groups in the clear up operation.

“I would like to thank community groups, volunteers and council staff for their help on the ground in assisting with the recovery operation.