Pupils escape floods trauma at Blackpool Zoo

St Michael's on Wyre schoolchildren on a special day out to Blackpool Zoo after their school was flooded in the wake of Storm Desmond
St Michael's on Wyre schoolchildren on a special day out to Blackpool Zoo after their school was flooded in the wake of Storm Desmond

Children of St Michael’s were given a welcome reprieve from their flooding nightmare thanks to Blackpool Zoo.

Pupils from St Michael’s on Wyre Primary School received a special invitation to take their lessons outdoors while the clean-up operation continues to repair their school badly damaged during the floods.

The Duke of Lancaster Regiment, based at Weeton, help out in the efforts to prevent more flooding in St Michael's. Photo Neil Cross

The Duke of Lancaster Regiment, based at Weeton, help out in the efforts to prevent more flooding in St Michael's. Photo Neil Cross

Staff along with 122 children were invited by Blackpool Zoo to enjoy a day out.

Headteacher Cathy Brough, who has been working round the clock to help get the school re-opened, was given a special thank you by resident sealion Gina.

A spokesperson for the Zoo said: “In true Blackpool Zoo style, we asked Gina the Sealion to give her a big fishy handshake and a round of applause for us.”

Back in the village the flood clean up is continuing with police officers helping to move flood damaged carpets and furniture from homes.

Although the flood warnings have been removed, the emergency services have contingencies in place should the situation change.

Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for flood and coastal defences at Wyre Council, said: “Now the flood water has receded and flooded houses have been pumped out, our priority is to help residents clear their homes of water damaged property and rubbish, and to clear the roads and verges of debris.

“Our mobile advice centre remains in the village and is proving an invaluable focal point for residents to get help and advice.

“The licensee of The Grapes cannot be praised too highly for his support.

“He has allowed the bus housing our advice centre to be parked on his car park throughout and has provided food and shelter to residents and all those assisting in the operations. I can’t thank him enough.”

Lancashire County Council has confirmed that the A586, the main route into St Michael’s from the west, will reopen tomorrow afternoon.