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Inspection at flood property
1:37pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 in Darwen
THE owner of a property in Darwen that was in danger of collapse due to the floods said he was unable to enter the premises while an investigation was ongoing.
Wooden buttresses are supporting the property in Railway Road owned by Donald Forbes, who lives in Pembroke Court, after a large hole appeared at the back of the property.
The damage occurred when a culvert caved in, forcing the authorities to close Knott Street on Friday.
The road remains closed with limited access to the car park above Darwen Market.
Mr Forbes said: “I am waiting for the authorities to carry out inspections at the property. I am not allowed in at the moment.”
Other premises in Railway Road have reopened for business, including the JD Barber Shop next door and Watson and Ramsbottom Solicitors further up.
Darwen councillor Roy Davies said more action was needed to be taken to keep the town up and running despite the floods.
He said: “There are no signs for people out of town saying we are still open for business. People coming down will see the traffic lights in Railway Road and just turn around and go somewhere else.”