Lancashire County Council’s highways teams prepare for Storm Agnes

Lancashire County Council’s highways teams are preparing in the run up to Storm Agnes which is due today (Wednesday, September 27).

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong and disruptive winds from midday on Wednesday (September 27) to 7am on Thursday (September 28).

People are being warned that this will bring possible risk due to flying debris, damage to buildings and potential power cuts, affecting services such as mobile phone coverage as well as transport services, while there will also be a small chance of injuries as well risk of large waves and minor flooding in coastal areas.

However, the county council’s highway teams are on standby to deal with whatever the weather brings, with highways staff keeping a close eye on the localised forecasts as the weather picture develops on Wednesday.

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “Our highways teams are as prepared as they can be for whatever Storm Agnes brings, whether that be dealing with fallen trees, or making roads safe due to risks posed by damaged structures.

“It’s always best to be prepared and I’d ask everyone to stay safe, keep an eye on the forecast and consider their travel plans in light of the weather warning. This autumnal storm is also a good reminder to think about anything you need to do to prepare as the weather becomes colder, whether that’s making sure you’ve got salt for de-icing paths around your home, or checking that vulnerable friends or relatives have got everything they need to stay warm, dry, safe and well.”


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