Dozens evacuated in Lancashire after heavy rain causes chaos

Dozens evacuated in Lancashire after heavy rain causes major disruption

Severe flood warnings are in effect

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dozens of people have been evacuated in north Lancashire as heavy rain caused heavy disruption to travel in the northwest of England.

Lancashire Constabulary has said the emergency services, Lancaster City Council, and the Environment Agency has received more than 500 calls relating to flooding and rescued around 70 people.

The Met Office says around 1.7 inches of rain fell in Lancashire, while half a month’s rain was recorded in Cumbria.

A stretch on the M6 southbound in Cumbria was reduced to only one operating lane on Wednesday night and the morning of Thursday.

Northern Rail said on Twitter flooding had resulted in the cancellation of services between Lancaster and Morecambe, Oxenholme, Windermere, and Carlisle.

People have been urged to not call the authorities unless there was a threat to life as a backlog of incidents is dealt with.