FLOOD defences are being put up in East Lancs as more heavy rain is set to hit the region.

In Ribchester, which suffered badly during Storm Ciara, the Environment Agency has been putting up barriers in preparation for high water levels this week.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning for rain in place for East Lancashire, which is due to last until 3pm on Thursday.

Other rain warnings are in place in and around the north of England for the rest of the week.

Over the next 24 hours, rain is likely to be heavy, especially over high ground, a Met Office spokesman said.

The spokesman said: "It may lead to some flooding and travel disruption.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

"Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures."

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick, said people affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis will be offered thousands of pounds in support.

Under the Flood Recovery Framework, people in the recovery stage will receive the funding from their local councils.

Flood-hit households can apply for up to £500 in financial hardship payments, and 100 percent council tax relief for at least three months, to help them recover.