LiveLancashire Weather LIVE: Day three of flooding and travel disruption as heavy rain continues

Heavy rain continues to cause flooding and travel problems across Lancashire this morning (Thursday, January 21, 2021).

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 11:56 am
Updated Thursday, 21st January 2021, 7:24 am

Yellow and amber weather warnings for rain are currently covering the region until today (Thursday, January 21, 2021). Follow the latest live today here:

More rain is expected today across Lancashire

This is the latest weather and flooding news as heavy rain hits Lancashire

Last updated: Friday, 22 January, 2021, 07:42

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  • Flood alerts and warnings in place across the region
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Advice from home insurance experts for those affected by recent flooding

Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said: “If your home has been hit by flood damage you should speak to your insurer as soon as possible. They may need you to take emergency steps to minimise the impact of the water, until they can process your claim and sort proper repairs.  

“Take photos and videos of the damage and note down the time it happened so the insurer can tally this up with weather reports.

"When you make your claim submit ‘before’ photos and videos, if you have them, proving the state of your property before the flood hit.

“It’s the buildings insurance part of your policy that will pay out for structural damage so check your policy to make sure you have the right sort of coverage.

"If you’re a homeowner who has contents-only cover, the damaged items in the home should be covered but any damage to the property itself may not be included.

“If you're a tenant, speak to your landlord who will need to make a claim on their insurance or cover the cost. Most home insurance policies offer little in the way of cover for property outside your home, such as the garden or driveway, although it’s always worth checking your documents and speaking to your provider.”  

“Do Not Travel” alert issued to Lancashire rail commuters until 12pm Thursday

North West train commuters are being advised not to travel before lunch time today, due to poor weather conditions affecting the region's railways.

An amber weather warning is in place for severe weather across parts of the North West until midday today with wind and snow expected in some areas.

Due to the poor weather conditions on the railway and roads, rail operators Northern, TransPennine Express and East Midlands Railway are advising customers not to travel.

Northern said its routes covering Lancashire, Cumbria and north of Manchester have experienced severe flooding and it has issued a "Do Not Travel" alert.

It says its services running across the whole of its Northern network will be cancelled until 12pm.

Flooding is also affecting roads across the region, meaning the provision of rail replacement transport is also affected.

A spokesman for Northern said: "Anyone who needs to make essential journeys tomorrow are to allow extra time for travel and to check carefully before setting off as the situation evolves.

"As the rain continues to fall and flood waters rise, flooding is becoming more widespread and colleagues across the rail industry are working hard to deal with issues as they arise.

"Northern has been working alongside Network Rail throughout the night to prepare as many rail services as possible to resume on Thursday.

"Despite this hard work, flooding is persisting, and it has become increasingly difficult to operate a reliable service."

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, added: “We have worked for the last few days, in conjunction with colleagues from across the industry, to keep our services operating.

"And, where possible we have supported those services with replacement buses when the flooding meant running trains was impossible.

"Unfortunately, we have had to make the difficult decision to advise our customers that they should not travel before Thursday 12pm across many of our north west routes.

"The areas affected are those north of Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire. Many of our services south of Manchester are still currently planned to run with some exceptions.

“The situation is constantly changing so I urge anyone who needs to make essential journeys over the next few days to allow extra time for travel and to check carefully before setting off.”

You can find the full list of Lancashire and North West services affected here.

There are still 12 flood alerts in place across Lancashire this morning

Heavy prolonged rain has been causing river levels to rise across Lancashire, with many of the alerts below warn that there is still the potential of flooding during Thursday morning with more rain expected - these are the flood alerts in place across the county

Some services across the North West have been cancelled this morning

The rain will leave Blackpool first this morning.

It’s a similar picture in the east of the county.

More rain is on its way this morning, but things are looking much more settled later today in Preston.

Good morning, we’ll be bringing you all the latest from across the region as we enter day three of Storm Christoph.

Preston Police have warned people to be aware that there are road closures in place in the Catforth and Bartle areas of Preston due to flooding. This is causing significant issues around Lewth Lane, Cinder Lane and Catforth Road causing delays and vehicles to become stuck. Please avoid.

Yellow weather warning for ice issued as heavy rain continues to sweep across Lancashire

A new weather warning for ice has been issued for parts of Lancashire as Storm Christoph continues to batter the county.

The yellow weather warning for ice means icy patches may form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, leading to difficult travel conditions.

Residents have also been told to expect some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

Find out more by clicking HERE

The yellow weather warning for ice means icy patches may form on untreated roads.

County and town council chiefs reveal plans to fix flooding in Southport Road

Plans for a permanent fix to Chorley's flooding problems in Southport Road are now under way, say council chiefs, after the road was forced to close again last night.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: "Many people – including ourselves, County Councillors, our MP for Chorley, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and many residents – have demanded that Lancashire County Council take action to alleviate the problem and make sure flooding outside Ackhurst Lodge can become a thing of the past.

"However, my immediate concern – and the focus of Chorley Council's endeavours right now – is to clear away the huge volume of water to make the area safe again and reopen the road.

"Working with partners, including the emergency services, we have got a number of pumps in action to do this – with more on the way.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the people – including our own officers – who are working tirelessly in terrible conditions to help get rid of the flood water. Hopefully we can get a permanent solution as soon as possible and Lancashire County Council appear to have committed to this.”

Find out more by clicking HERE

Pictures from the scene show the Grade-II listed Ackhurst Lodge nearly submerged by floodwater, prompting concerns from residents who fear the historic building is at risk of permanent damage.

Heavy rain and flooding continue to cause disruption on some routes across the Northern network

Rail is falling on already sodden ground and has flooded the tracks in many areas, causing delays and cancellations.

The forecast is for persistent rain throughout today (Wednesday) and further flooding is expected.

Weather-related issues are current impacting services on the following routes with trains suspended (updates in bold):

  • Maryport - Carlisle - suspended for remainder of day
  • Skipton - Carlisle - suspended for remainder of day
  • Manchester - Newton le Willows
  • Rotherham Central - all locations suspended for remainder of day
  • Blackburn - Clitheroe

There is also disruption to services on the following routes (updates in bold):

  • Leeds - Manchester
  • Manchester Victoria - Walsden
  • Sowerby Bridge – Rochdale
  • Bradford Interchange - Halifax
  • Wigan - Salford Crescent

Rail replacement buses ae in operation on many of the affected routes, though these may also be impacted by the difficult conditions.

High water levels in St Michaels

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