Huge flood clear-up underway as more rain forecast

St Michaels and surrounding area was again affected by flooding following Boxing Day's record-breaking rainfall.'A submerged roadsign points across a newly-formed lake.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015
St Michaels and surrounding area was again affected by flooding following Boxing Day's record-breaking rainfall.'A submerged roadsign points across a newly-formed lake. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015

More than 55 tonnes of water damaged property has been removed from flooded Wyre homes in the aftermath of storms in December.

That’s according to Wyre Council, which also says its officers cleared another 20 tonnes of debris from the roads and footpaths in the affected areas.

Sandbags were used to patch up the damage to the flood defences in St Michaels

Sandbags were used to patch up the damage to the flood defences in St Michaels

It’s after the area was hit with devastating storms throughout December as storms Desmond, Eva and Frank swept the borough.

It caused powercuts across the area and homes and businesses to be flooded as the storms left the people in areas such as St Michaels, Churchtown and Garstang on their knees.

Flood defences burst on the River Wyre leaving more than 100 families out their homes and children unable to go to school.

Due to the bad weather the council ended up recycling over five tonnes of damaged electrical goods and eight tonnes of damaged animal feed following the storms.

And now with heavy rain predicted for this week, the council is asking residents with sandbags to keep them in a dry place, preferably off the ground, for future use.

Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “In the next week or two flooding could become a concern again, especially for areas that have been previously affected this winter.”

And residents are being urged to share their experiences to “shape” flood risk management in the area by attending a drop-in roadshow.

The roadshow, which also includes the Environment Agency and the area’s fire service, is being held in St Michaels today at The Grapes pub on Garstang Road.