Fire crews in Lancaster prepare for more flooding after night of severe storms damage properties in the city for the second time in a week

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service attended more than 30 flooding related incidents across the county overnight on Monday August 10, many of them in the Hala area of Lancaster.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 11:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 11:15 am

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has warned people to expect more flooding this week, with further thunderstorms predicted tonight, Tuesday August 11.

In Lancaster, Burrow Beck has flooded around Lentworth Drive and Cranwell Avenue and a number of properties have been affected for the second time in a week.The fire service said it is working with Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council to open a rest centre in Scotforth for those residents whose properties have been affected.

There were extremely heavy downpours overnight, alongside hours of thunder and lightning storms which lit up the skies over the Lancaster district.

Flooding in Hala overnight. Photo from Coun Erica Lewis.

There are a number of road closures in place because of the flooding and people are being asked not to drive through flood water.

No injuries have been reported.

Coun Erica Lewis, leader of Lancaster City Council, described the scene as "devastating", and said that the Environment Agency had been on the scene overnight trying to keep Burrow Beck clear.

She said: "Lentworth Drive is closed and Bowerham Road looks water damaged where the beck flows under the road. City Council distributing flood sacks."

The scene in Hala this morning. Photo by Cat Smith.

Many residents are again pointing to the link between new housing developments and increased flooding events.Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith has said she is trying to get to the bottom of why Lentworth Drive has flooded again for the second time in six days.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "With a similar weather forecast tonight and tomorrow, dry during the day followed by thunderstorms at night, we are working with partners to plan for more flooding this week and what can be done to try and minimise the effects of these storms.

"If your property has been flooded, find out more information on our flooding safety page."