Are weather warnings really enough?

Our current and only real way of knowing when to expect flooding is via the met office and their flood warnings, whether it be via a yellow, amber or red flood warning.

For those that don’t know, yellow means “be aware”, amber means “be prepared” and red “take action”, but do these warnings do themselves justice and are they effective?

This week over seventy people and twenty horses had to be rescued from floods in Lancashire as bad weather hit the UK hard. It was reported that emergency crews received up to 500 emergency calls in relation to the flooding with Lancaster and Galgate being some of the worst areas hit. Rail services have been suspended and roads have been shut.

The Met Office has said that around 43mm of rain fell in just under 24 hours in parts of Lancashire, while further north in Cumbria half a month’s worth of rain (89mm) was recorded in 36 hours. This left hundreds of homes without power on Thursday morning as residents woke up to blackouts, travel disruption and school closures.

What’s important to remember is that all of this came only after a yellow warning released by the Met Office a day or so before, which begs the question; are weather warnings really enough when it comes to our safety? Clearly residents of Lancaster and Galgate weren’t expecting anywhere near as much of a problem in comparison with what actually happened.

If you have any further questions regarding flood warnings or how to prepare yourself in the event of a flood, please don’t hesitate to ask. Email me atĀ