Lancashire

Lancashire flooding: More than 85 tonnes of property and debris cleared

Floods clean-up Image copyright Wyre Council
Image caption More than five tonnes of electrical goods and 20 tonnes of debris have been cleared

More than 85 tonnes of water damaged property, animal feed and debris was cleared from three areas of Lancashire after the floods, it has been revealed.

About 100 residential and business properties in St Michaels, Churchtown and Garstang were flooded in December.

Water levels peaked in the River Wyre due to heavy rainfall, which heaped pressure on temporary flood defences.

Wyre Council is now urging residents to share their experiences to "shape" flood risk management in the area.

Image copyright Wyre Council
Image caption Wyre Council has removed about 55 tonnes of water damaged property from flooded homes

The council said residents with sandbags should keep them in a dry place, preferably off the ground, for future use.

During the floods about 20 homes in St Michaels were evacuated after the Environment Agency issued a severe warning.

Councillor Roger Berry said: "We appreciate how important flood protection is for Wyre."

A drop-in community roadshow, which also includes the Environment Agency and the area's fire service, is being held in St Michaels on Wednesday.

Image copyright Environment Agency
Image caption A severe flood warning was issued for St Michaels in Lancashire amid concerns about the water levels in the River Wyre

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