MORE than 20 firefighters were alerted after flooding threatened a stables in Rossendale for several hours last night.

Crews from Bacup, Rawtenstall and Burnley fire stations were alerted to the incident in Fearns Moss, Stacksteads, just after 5.15pm.

Firefighters discovered that large amount of surface water had accumulated on the road, close to Fearns Equestrian Centre.

Shortly afterwards a high-volume pump based at Burnley station was deployed to the scene, close to Fearns Community College, to pump away the bulk of the floodwater.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "Fire engines and crews from Bacup, Rawtenstall and Burnley in addition to a high volume pump from Burnley responded to an incident at which an accumulation of surface water was affecting the highway and stable premises nearby.

"Firefighters and Environment Agency staff cleared drains and fire crews pumped floodwater away. There were no casualties and horses in the stables were kept out of danger."

Firefighters are said to have been there for between nine and 10 hours before they were released.