Will these deluges ever end?

First day of spring...but the rain continued to fall.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 11:00 am
A dog walker walking her dogs over the bridge at St Michaels

After a miserably wet winter, the Fylde coast and Lancashire was hit with yet more flood warnings as heavy rain battered the county yesterday.

And today residents were warned about the possibility of snow later - although the Fylde, as usual - is expected to be spared a dusting.

The Environment Agency issued warnings for low-lying land near the Rivers Wyre, Douglas, Ribble and Yarrow.

The water level rising

The alert focused partciularly on the Wyre, River Cocker, Pilling Water and other watercourses from Catterall to Fleetwood, including St Michaels and Great Eccleston and Preesall.

The non-league derby between AFC Blackpool and Squires Gate in the Vodkat Premier League was called off yesterday morning when heavy rain left significant standing water on the pitch.

Pools of water created hazards in many areas, including the A583 near Newton-with-Scales, where large pools of water caused problems for drivers.

Firefighters were called out to a farm building in Lancaster Road, Cabus.

The water level rising

Two fire engines and crews from Lancaster and an engine and crew from Garstang ​were in attendance as firefighters pumped out the water.

Heavy rainfall created treacherous motorway conditions yesterday and emergency services were called to five separate rush hour crashes on the M6.

In one accident fire crews cut a man out of his vehicle on the southbound carriageway at junction 29, Clayton Brook.

Two lanes were affected by the multi-vehicle collision, and delays built up several miles

Police were called to attend to deal with traffic congestion on the nearby A6 arising out of the incident response.

The Met Office said showers or outbreaks of rain will turn wintry and throughout this morning.

This could give a covering of snow with 5-10 cm possible on high ground.

“Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the potential for travel disruption into the Wednesday morning rush hour,” said the Met Office.