Flood alerts issued for Lancaster and Morecambe


February 10, 2020

Flood alerts have been issued for the Lancaster and Morecambe district for tonight (February 10).

Tide levels from Heysham to Cockerham and in the Lune Estuary are forecast to rise tonight as a result of high spring tides and strong winds - set to reach their peak at midnight.

Flooding to roads and farmland is possible, and could happen two hours either side of high tide.

Areas affected include low lying land, roads and coastal paths at Lancaster, Skerton, Marsh, Aldcliffe Marsh, White Lund in Morecambe, Heysham Moss, Heaton Marsh, Overton, Middleton, Glasson, Potts Corner, Sunderland Point, Thurnham, Cockersands Abbey, Bank Houses, Cockerham, Braides, Cockerham Moss and surrounding areas, 

The government flood information service has warned people to be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads in the area as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous.

A flood warning issued for Lower River Lune and Conder on Monday is no longer in force.

Meanwhile the clean-up has continued after the effects of Storm Ciara were felt throughout the district yesterday.

Properties and businesses in Skerton, Halton and the St George's Quay area were flooded as water levels rose in the River Lune.

The Lune recorded a height of 2.01 metres at Skerton Weir and 6.25 metres along the quayside on Sunday, flooding the riverside cycle path at various locations.

Emergency services, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster Area Search and Rescue Team (LASAR) responded to numerous weather related incidents right across the district.

On Sunday, visits were made to vulnerable areas including  areas around Burrow Beck, Wennington, Galgate, Cockerham, Glasson, Halton, Carnforth and Skerton and St George’s Quay to sweep roads and remove debris, and to provide reassurance and support.

The city council said that flood boards, which were not required over the weekend, have been put in place in the most vulnerable parts of Morecambe promenade as a precautionary measure whilst predicted tide heights increase and the high winds continue unabated.

The floods highlighted the pressing need for new defences along the Lune, with a £10.8m project underway to prevent future flooding from the river along the affected stretch.

Work on the project, which will see the construction of a defence wall and embankment of 1.7 miles in length, stretching from Skerton Bridge to junction 34 of the M6, started in January.

Additional works will take place on the right bank of the river to reduce the risk of river flooding to homes and businesses on Aldrens Lane.

The bad weather continued to cause travel disruption on Monday.

TransPennine Express trains were unable to run between Preston and Edinburgh/Glasgow due to flooding at Carlisle for part of Monday.

The route was open again by Monday evening but passengers were advised to expect delays or cancellations.

The Carlisle-Lancaster-Leeds line was closed due to flooding at Wennington and Hellifield, with replacement bus services operating.

High winds also continued to cause issues elsewhere on Monday.

Great Wood School in Morecambe warned people of a dangerous tree which was about to fall at the front of the school.

A gate and part of the pavement was cordoned off after the winds loosened the tree's roots. A spokesperson for the school on Beaufort Road said they had called out a tree surgeon to attend to it.

Photo courtesy of Lancaster Area Search and Rescue Facebook page.