United Utilities have said that there remains a risk that any further rainfall could lead to further operation of storm overflows this weekend (24th/25th June). The current forecast is for heavy rain on Sunday afternoon. This may cause further sewage spills, depending on where the rain falls and the amount. Therefore, the precautionary advice not to swim in the sea along the Fylde Coast remains in place over this weekend – and until further notice.
The beaches affected by the notice are:
- Blackpool Central
- Blackpool North
- Blackpool South
- Cleveleys beach
- St Anne’s
- St Anne’s North
Meanwhile, United Utilities have also said today (Friday 23rd June) that the fractured section of pipe, which is nine metres underground, has been isolated to enable the repair to take place, and this has started today. Nevertheless, despite the warning, bathers have been seen in the sea off the Fylde coast during the warm June weather.