Lancaster and Morecambe hit by floods again as Storm Ciara wreaks havoc


February 09, 2020

Homes and businesses have been flooded after high winds and heavy rain battered the Lancaster and Morecambe district.

Areas of Lancaster were worst hit as Storm Ciara wreaked havoc across the UK, with properties in Halton, Skerton and the St George's Quay area suffering flood damage and roads closed after the River Lune broke its banks.

Aldrens Lane in Skerton and Church Brow in Halton were among the roads worst affected on Sunday and many other parts of the district suffered localised flooding.

As Lune water levels rose at St George's Quay and the Lune Aqueduct, it brought back bad memories for residents of previous Lancaster floods including the widespread damage caused by Storm Desmond in 2015.

The A588 between the Stork pub at Conder Green and the junction of Moss Lane at Thurnham was completely impassable due to flooding on Sunday, and the road was closed at the Lancaster side.

Morecambe seafront was battered by waves during high tide on Sunday morning at around 11.20am, with water coming over the sea wall onto the road.

No damage to properties has been reported. But some nearby residents posted on social media that they had been worried during high tide because the promenade sea wall flood gates were not in use.

A Lancaster City Council spokesperson said: "Our experienced engineers assessed yesterday’s predicted tide and wind conditions and concluded that it was not necessary to deploy flood boards along Morecambe promenade on Sunday.

"Assessment of today’s predicted conditions has led to the decision to put in place flood boards from Central Drive to Rydal Road, ahead of high tide."

Storm Ciara, with winds reaching up to 97mph, also caused travel disruption across the UK on Sunday, including the North West.

There were long motorway tailbacks on Sunday, with the M6 southbound cut to one lane at Junction 31 due to floods.

Lancashire Police asked motorists to be extra cautious on roads throughout the county, as there were reports of vehicles entering rising flood waters and avoiding road closures. They have asked motorists to obey the diversions, plan your route in advance and don't put yourself at risk.

Tony Crook, area manager of Lancashire Fire and Rescue, also urged people not to drive through flood water as they had made several rescues throughout the county on Sunday.

The Lancaster-based flood rescue team Lancaster Area Search and Rescue were also out across Lancashire on Sunday working alongside fire crews and Lancaster City Council.

Rail passengers were also advised not to travel on Sunday unless absolutely necessary and Northern Rail said there was widespread disruption to their services.

Severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office for wind and rain on Sunday were due to be lifted on Monday.

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Photo by Joanne Wilkinson.