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GALLERY: Flooding hits East Lancashire as rain continues to fall
FLOOD warnings have been issued as heavy rain continues to fall across East Lancashire today and for the rest of this weekend.
Flooding is currently reported at several locations in East Lancashire, including:
- Stuart Close, Darwen
- Greenbank Terrace, Darwen
- Limes Avenue, Darwen
- Union Road, Oswaldtwistle
- Downham Road, Chatburn
- Thompson Park, Burnley
- Belmont Road, Belmont
- A59 at Whalley
The wet conditions are expected to last, along with wind gusts over 50mph.
The Met Office has released an Amber Warning of severe weather – advising people to take extra care with outbreaks of heavy rain becoming steadily more persistent.
Rivers Calder, Brun, Don and Pendlewater, from Laneshaw Bridge to the river Ribble including Trawden, Burnley, Nelson, Colne, Accrington and Whalley are all at risk flooding according to the Environment Agency.
Also the River Ribble from Samlesbury and the River Darwen from Darwen including Blackburn, Preston, Walton-Le-Dale, Pleasington and Higher Walton are all at risk.
But despite the heavy rain thousands are still expected to turn out in Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley and Rossendale to see the Olympic torch pass through tomorrow.
Scattered showers are expected throughout the day, with downpours expected to be heaviest in the early afternoon - the maximum temperature 14 °C.
Because of strong winds the Great North Swim on Windermere has been postponed until Sunday.
- Have you experienced flooding where you live? Contact our newsdesk on 01254 298205.
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