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Flood defences put up in Ribchester as deluge continues

Flooding in Ribchester
Flooding in Ribchester
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Families in Ribchester have been bracing themselves for more weather misery as forecasters predict wind and rain will batter the region.

Residents battened down the hatches and set up flood defences, as warnings were issued for rain and flooding across the county.

Temporary flood defences set up on Greenside in Ribchester  by Environment Agency with help from army and fire services

Temporary flood defences set up on Greenside in Ribchester by Environment Agency with help from army and fire services

The Met Office lifted alerts over the last few days, but forecasters say there could still be heavy rainfall and gales.

And, at the weekend, experts are predicting temperatures to plummet, with wintery showers expected across the county.

Special flood defences had been put in place in Greenside, Ribchester, when flooding was likely, and the Ribble burst its banks in several places.

Experts say the weekend saw the wettest day of the year so far.

There will still be heavy, showery rain and it will still be windy with 30 to 40mph gusts, but just not enough for a warning

Met Office meteorologist

Photos of flooding across the Ribble Valley

Met Office rainfall observer Muriel Lord, of Chipping, said mild weather from October continued into this month.

She said: “However on November 3 the rain returned.

“There has been no let up since then. This month’s total so far is 172.4mm.

Temporary  flood defences set up on Greenside in Ribchester  by Environment Agency with help from army and fire services

Temporary flood defences set up on Greenside in Ribchester by Environment Agency with help from army and fire services

“November 14 was exceptionally wet and 41.2mm was collected. It was the wettest day of the year so far.”

Chris Bulmer, Met Office meteorologist, said the warnings issued on Tuesday for strong winds and heavy rain were outside the Lancashire area.

But he said: “There will still be heavy, showery rain and it will still be windy with 30 to 40mph gusts, but just not enough for a warning.”

He said the weekend would turn much colder with “quite a marked change”.

He said: “There will be overnight frosts and wintery showers and a risk of ice patches through the weekend, with temperatures coming down to the coldest weather on Saturday to Sunday.

“There will be a maximum of two to five degrees during the day and below freezing at night.”

Christopher Ratcliff, whose home overlooks the river in Ribchester, said the flood defences had been put up to keep the worst of the water, which later subsided, out of Greenside.

He said: “It is the part of the village that most easily is affected by flood water coming down the Savick Brook from Longridge Fell.

“If the water in the River Ribble into which it flows is blocked by the high water, it very quickly backs up, and backs up quite dramatically.”