Deluge causes flooding in East Lancashire

TORRENTIAL rain over the weekend saw a soggy start to the Christmas break for motorists, shoppers and residents in East Lancs.

Blackburn Rovers' home tie with Brighton and Hove Albion was the most high-profile casualty of the downpours.

But residents in Ewood were also left counting the cost, with back streets flooded across the area.

Andrea Donnelly, of Bolton Road, said flood water had not drained away from previous storms, because of blocked drains, leaving fresh problems.

And investigations are underway after a pipe collapsed under the Queen’s Square roundabout in Rawtenstall, outside the town’s fire station, causing up to 18-inches of floodwater and prompting traffic jams.

A Rawtenstall fire station spokesman said: “We have had our water shut off while they try and carry out repairs. A bit of the ground has collapsed on the forecourt of the station.

“The engines are still fine getting out, but staff can’t drive onto the car park. One of the pipes has burst and it’s cause the road to collapse.”

Chris Trickett, who runs the J A Taylor Ford garage in nearby Bury Road, which has been flooded previously, was out with a spade clearing leaves from street grids.

He added: “It is a really all about maintenance - these storm drains become blocked and it just makes the problem worse.”

Flood warnings were issued for East Lancs river including the Hodder, Calder and Irwell and a number of fording problems were reported.

Windy Bridge, linking Burnley’s Cliviger Gorge to Todmorden, was badly affected and rainwater was observed gushing down nearby hillsides.

More rain is predicted by weather forecasters for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - with it only brightening up potentially on Boxing Day.

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6:51am Mon 24 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

Best bits:

But residents in Ewood were also left counting the cost, with back streets flooded across the area.


More rain is predicted by weather forecasters for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - with it only brightening up potentially on Boxing
Day.

Don't worry the insurance company will be paying you out, given all the warnings you have all had , I take it you all have insurance.

It will be a miserable time if you havnt.
No ones that stupid not to have insurance are they.

Open question: :-)

It's good to live on a hill. :/).
Best bits: But residents in Ewood were also left counting the cost, with back streets flooded across the area. More rain is predicted by weather forecasters for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - with it only brightening up potentially on Boxing Day. Don't worry the insurance company will be paying you out, given all the warnings you have all had , I take it you all have insurance. It will be a miserable time if you havnt. No ones that stupid not to have insurance are they. Open question: :-) It's good to live on a hill. :/). 2 for 5p

8:47am Mon 24 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

It just means that Ewood Park will become infested with rats, which won't be that that bad, at least it will boost the attendances!!!

Every cloud has a silver lining, at least all the tramps will also be getting a wash.
It just means that Ewood Park will become infested with rats, which won't be that that bad, at least it will boost the attendances!!! Every cloud has a silver lining, at least all the tramps will also be getting a wash. George White Bread

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