Flood update: Firefighters rescue four people from cars in the Ribble Valley during the weekend’s floods

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Three women were rescued when their car became submerged in flood water in a Ribble Valley village this weekend.

Firefighters from Clitheroe, Nelson and Penwortham fire stations were called out to Sawley Road, Sawley, to rescue the women at 1-25 am on Sunday morning.

The flooding at Sawley Road, Sawley. (s)

The flooding at Sawley Road, Sawley. (s)

Firefighters said the car was stuck in flood water up to the door handles and crews used life jackets and chimney rods to rescue the women.

A spokesman for Clitheroe Fire Station tweeted: “We have just rescued three females from a car caught in flood water. Do not attempt to drive through high water. #floodaware.”

Then yesterday afternoon, at 12-26 pm, firefighters had to push a car to safety from flood water after the driver was forced to dial 999.

The incident happened on an unadopted road near to Sawley Road, Grindleton, and Clitheroe firefighters had to push the vehicle to safety with the driver at the wheel.

Firefighters, Environment Agency and Army personnel build flood defences along the River Ribble. (s)

Firefighters, Environment Agency and Army personnel build flood defences along the River Ribble. (s)

On Saturday, firefighters went to Ribchester to assist the Army and the Environment Agency in building flood defences along the River Ribble, and there was similar activity in Whalley for the River Calder.

Police issued warnings over Clitheroe Road, Clitheroe, and the A59 at Sawley Brow because of surface water.

Lancashire County Council Highways staff closed several bridges in the Ribble Valley due to surface water flooding, including Sawley Bridge, Chatburn Bridge, Ribchester Bridge and West Bradford Bridge.

However, police received reports that some members of the public were ignoring these closures.

Cars caught in the flood in West Bradford. (s)

Cars caught in the flood in West Bradford. (s)

Staff at Bowland High School, Grindleton, were keeping a close eye on the weather and posted messages on the school’s website and Facebook that parents would be informed if the weather worsened and the school was forced to close.

With more rainfall predicted overnight tonight and the ground already sodden, flood warnings remain in place locally.

Flood alerts, which mean that flooding is possible and to be prepared, are in place for the River Ribble, Hodder and other watercourses, from Settle to Samlesbury including Clitheroe, Gisburn, Sawley, Waddington and Ribchester plus the River Calder at Whalley.

For further information please contact LCC Highways on 0300 123 6780 or visit their website at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/roads/flooding.aspx