Flood-hit village of Croston starts clean-up
Published: 23rd Jun 2012 15:19:40
Residents in a flood-hit Lancashire village have started cleaning up the damage to their homes and businesses.
The River Yarrow burst its banks in Croston on Friday, flooding more than 70 homes and forcing residents to be evacuated.
It left the village looking like an island as the three main roads surrounding Croston were flooded.
Jon Lilley, landlord of the Wheatsheaf pub, said: "My beer is floating. My plants have floated off down the road."
He said had been forced to send his staff home early so they could escape the village before they were cut off.
The landlord, who has only been in the pub for a year and has recently refurbished it, said: "The water just kept coming closer and closer.
"We tried to wedge the doors as best we could but we lost the battle at about 2am and it came through the sandbags."
The cellar was completely flooded and the water level was about 5cm (2ins) high in the pub.
Mr Lilley and his staff are now trying to pump the water out of the cellar and clean up the rest of the pub.
James Gartside, 42, of Town Road, said: "All the water was flowing down the street and it came in through the gates and then just backed up and backed up.
"And then all of a sudden it just came in through the back. It went up to about six inches inside. This is the first time it's been this bad in about 10 years."
The Environment Agency said there had been reports of floods across Oldham, Wigan and near the River Darwen, where evacuation centres were set up.
The wet weather has affected the Preston Mela, which was due to be held in Avenham Park on Sunday but will now take place at the Guild Hall in Preston.
John Barrowman's concert on the Tower Headland in Blackpool has also been cancelled.
Heavy rain and 50mph winds on Friday also led to the cancellation of Olympic Torch relay events in Lancashire.
The outdoor evening celebration of the lighting of the Olympic Torch cauldron due to be held at the Headlands Festival on Blackpool Promenade had to be moved to the Blackpool Tower's famous ballroom.
The Met Office said the wettest places in the country on Friday were in Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The Environment Agency still has flood warnings in place and more rain is expected.
At 17:05:48 in SportLeicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.
At 16:55:25 in SportHead coach Garry Monk says he will not consider his own future until Swansea City secure Premier League survival.
At 16:52:24 in EnglandA father whose son's life "ended abruptly" at Hillsborough had his dreams cut short through the "failures of others", an inquest was told.
At 16:52:17 in SportFormer Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing believes the entire city would be lifted if the Reds end their 24-year wait to win the league title.
At 16:51:11 in BusinessThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants minimum age restrictions and health warnings on e-cigarettes.
At 16:48:47 in HeadlinesJust two months ago the message on Syria was very simple.
At 16:44:30 in Northern IrelandA nurse in the Republic of Ireland who admitted taping a patient's mouth to keep him quiet has been given the Probation Act.
At 16:44:14 in ScotlandScottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.
At 16:38:29 in ScotlandPolice have appealed for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh on Easter Monday.
At 16:37:22 in WalesA boy accused of raping a fellow pupil at a north Wales primary school has told a jury the alleged attack never happened.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Flood-hit village of Croston starts clean-up [Online] (Updated 23rd Jun 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1436484/Flood-hit-village-of-Croston-starts-clean-up [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
A nurse in the Republic of Ireland who admitted taping a patient's mouth to keep him quiet has been given the Probation Act.
Scottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.
An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys about the life of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to have its world premiere at this year's BBC Proms.
A Moscow court has extended the house arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another six months for violating its conditions.
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank has warned.