Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has responded to a large number of incidents today as a result of Storm Ciara.
Between 7am and 4pm North West Fire Control received 311 calls reporting incidents in Lancashire, 192 of them in relation to flooding, and a major incident was declared. Areas across the county have been affected including Blackpool, Whalley, Longton and Rossendale. This included a dramatic rescue in Miller Park, Preston this evening as a man got trapped by the rising water while riding his bicycle and had to cling on under the bandstand. Emergency services eventually rescued him using a small boat and he was taken away in an Ambulance. He was trapped for one hour.
Other incidents have included vehicles trapped in flood water and electrical damage due to properties flooding. They have also dealt with a number of dangerous structures due to strong winds.
Major incident status has since been stood down. Firefighters are still dealing with a large number of incidents however and are equipped and ready to deal with other emergencies when required.
Stay safe by following advice from the Emergency Services during flooding and high winds and storms.
Flood warnings and alerts are currently in place across Lancashire.
Power supplies have also been affected in some areas.
Picture 1 House in Warton Flooded
Picture 2: Cyclist trapped in bandstand, Preston, with rising water.