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Wind and rain batters Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: COLLAPSE The washed-away wall at Trinity Baptist Church, Colne COLLAPSE The washed-away wall at Trinity Baptist Church, Colne

TORRENTIAL downpours and strong gusts of wind caused chaos across Lancashire today.

Motorists across the county were left queuing for hours due to flooding on roads while train passengers were also affected.

There was also flooding on a number of major roads, including the M6 north, the A56 at the Edenfield bypass, and the Grane Road.

And in Abbey Village, on the A675 Bolton Road, near the Hare and Hounds pub, drivers were forced to turn around as the flooding became too deep to cross.

Flooding in Penrith caused long delays on trains running through Lancaster and Preston.

A power line was blown down in Clitheroe cutting off electricity to 1,800 properties, fell into a field in Edisford, near to the River Ribble.

Electricity North West sent engineers to the scene after the incident at 6.50am.

The power cable snapped as the pole came down. Some homes were without power throughout the day, but a spokesman for Electricity North West said engineers were working on repairs.

He said: “Engineers at the site aim to fix the problem by the end of the day. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

In Colne, heavy rain washed away part of a stone perimeter wall at Trinity Baptist Church, in Robert Street.

Linda Caddey, church secretary, said: “Half of the wall just collapsed overnight and landed on a nearby parked car.

“It has been raining all night and I think it must have just washed away the foundations.

“Council inspectors visited the site and said there was no imminent danger of the rest of the structure collapsing.”

Meanwhile, all games on Blackburn with Darwen Council pitches have been cancelled until the weekend.

A council spokesperson said: “Due to recent wet weather, and a lot of standing water, workers cannot go on the land to mow.”

The move is designed to protect the pitches.

Forecasters predict that bad weather, including strong winds and heavy rain, would continue to batter the county over the next few days.

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8:58am Tue 6 Sep 11

frank says...

a good reason for not littering our countryside with ugly powerlines.
a good reason for not littering our countryside with ugly powerlines. frank
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9:40am Tue 6 Sep 11

shytalk says...

frank wrote:
a good reason for not littering our countryside with ugly powerlines.
And what do the silly clowns want to do? Build more right across the Hodder valley
[quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: a good reason for not littering our countryside with ugly powerlines.[/p][/quote]And what do the silly clowns want to do? Build more right across the Hodder valley shytalk
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10:31am Tue 6 Sep 11

--oOo-- says...

frank wrote:
a good reason for not littering our countryside with ugly powerlines.
Spot on. Get these things underground where they aren't at risk nor will they blight our beautiful countryside.
[quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: a good reason for not littering our countryside with ugly powerlines.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Get these things underground where they aren't at risk nor will they blight our beautiful countryside. --oOo--
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10:55am Tue 6 Sep 11

jessjade says...

more windfarms is the way forward
more windfarms is the way forward jessjade
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11:57am Tue 6 Sep 11

frank9 says...

there will be more windfarms in the future.
there will be more windfarms in the future. frank9
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2:18pm Tue 6 Sep 11

lwg76 says...

Quite right, don't litter the countryside with overhead power lines, Dig a trench as wide as a motorway and provide a permanent access track along side instead.
Quite right, don't litter the countryside with overhead power lines, Dig a trench as wide as a motorway and provide a permanent access track along side instead. lwg76
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4:16pm Tue 6 Sep 11

plasma man says...

unfortunately there is a limit on the voltage that can be carried on underground cables, new tchnologies are being implemented everyday, but due to the cost's involved it is very limited, and if a 440,000 volt cable was underground how many people would start kicking off and complaining about the safety aspect, or how would they feel if a field full of cattle or worse still children & families were electrocuted due to leakage under fault conditions,
i do agree though what we need is more windfarms, not just off shore we need them on shore as well, i work in the electrical industry, and i would sooner look at a field full of wind turbines than a field full of electricity pylons,
but this would still not address the pylon issue, there would still need to be some pylons for the very highest voltages on the national grid,
i also think that the planning laws need to be changed in this country, so that no planning is needed for wind farms,
let all the people who are constantly complaining about them live without electricity for a year, they would soon change their minds,
even if no one likes the idea, oil and fossil fuels will not last much longer, in my eyes nuclea reactor power plants should be phased out as soon as possable, we are an island surrounded by water and wind, lets use it .
unfortunately there is a limit on the voltage that can be carried on underground cables, new tchnologies are being implemented everyday, but due to the cost's involved it is very limited, and if a 440,000 volt cable was underground how many people would start kicking off and complaining about the safety aspect, or how would they feel if a field full of cattle or worse still children & families were electrocuted due to leakage under fault conditions, i do agree though what we need is more windfarms, not just off shore we need them on shore as well, i work in the electrical industry, and i would sooner look at a field full of wind turbines than a field full of electricity pylons, but this would still not address the pylon issue, there would still need to be some pylons for the very highest voltages on the national grid, i also think that the planning laws need to be changed in this country, so that no planning is needed for wind farms, let all the people who are constantly complaining about them live without electricity for a year, they would soon change their minds, even if no one likes the idea, oil and fossil fuels will not last much longer, in my eyes nuclea reactor power plants should be phased out as soon as possable, we are an island surrounded by water and wind, lets use it . plasma man
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1:35pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Bramley Meade Boy says...

plasma man wrote:
unfortunately there is a limit on the voltage that can be carried on underground cables, new tchnologies are being implemented everyday, but due to the cost's involved it is very limited, and if a 440,000 volt cable was underground how many people would start kicking off and complaining about the safety aspect, or how would they feel if a field full of cattle or worse still children & families were electrocuted due to leakage under fault conditions,
i do agree though what we need is more windfarms, not just off shore we need them on shore as well, i work in the electrical industry, and i would sooner look at a field full of wind turbines than a field full of electricity pylons,
but this would still not address the pylon issue, there would still need to be some pylons for the very highest voltages on the national grid,
i also think that the planning laws need to be changed in this country, so that no planning is needed for wind farms,
let all the people who are constantly complaining about them live without electricity for a year, they would soon change their minds,
even if no one likes the idea, oil and fossil fuels will not last much longer, in my eyes nuclea reactor power plants should be phased out as soon as possable, we are an island surrounded by water and wind, lets use it .
There's no place for educated informed opinions on here, there's the views from people's living room windows on the line, don't you know?

Some good news for the people from Whalley though. If they do go ahead with the power lines no-one would want to move there, what with huge power lines spanning across their back lawns. This should all but make that important village status safe.
[quote][p][bold]plasma man[/bold] wrote: unfortunately there is a limit on the voltage that can be carried on underground cables, new tchnologies are being implemented everyday, but due to the cost's involved it is very limited, and if a 440,000 volt cable was underground how many people would start kicking off and complaining about the safety aspect, or how would they feel if a field full of cattle or worse still children & families were electrocuted due to leakage under fault conditions, i do agree though what we need is more windfarms, not just off shore we need them on shore as well, i work in the electrical industry, and i would sooner look at a field full of wind turbines than a field full of electricity pylons, but this would still not address the pylon issue, there would still need to be some pylons for the very highest voltages on the national grid, i also think that the planning laws need to be changed in this country, so that no planning is needed for wind farms, let all the people who are constantly complaining about them live without electricity for a year, they would soon change their minds, even if no one likes the idea, oil and fossil fuels will not last much longer, in my eyes nuclea reactor power plants should be phased out as soon as possable, we are an island surrounded by water and wind, lets use it .[/p][/quote]There's no place for educated informed opinions on here, there's the views from people's living room windows on the line, don't you know? Some good news for the people from Whalley though. If they do go ahead with the power lines no-one would want to move there, what with huge power lines spanning across their back lawns. This should all but make that important village status safe. Bramley Meade Boy
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