Further warnings issued as clean-up operation goes on

DELUGE: A resident with his mop and bucket

DELUGE: A resident with his mop and bucket

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Severe warnings were in place yesterday after fears a river banking could collapse.

As the county was left with a massive clean-up operation from the weekend’s flooding, more flood warnings were issued for Croston.

After the devastating Boxing Day floods, the residents and business owners of Whalley were today busy cleaning up and preparing for the next storm.'Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association help Lizzy Highton to clear her grandfather's home.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

After the devastating Boxing Day floods, the residents and business owners of Whalley were today busy cleaning up and preparing for the next storm.'Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association help Lizzy Highton to clear her grandfather's home. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

The Environment Agency said they were monitoring river and tide levels in relation to a breach in the River Douglas defences, north of the railway.

They said: “We are assessing the situation and are looking to make a temporary repair, but there is currently an increased flood risk to the wider Croston area.”

Environment Agency bosses said the police helicopter had been over the county assessing the damage in Croston, with 3km of temporary barriers throughout Lancashire.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “There have been two breaches in Croston; one on the River Douglas and one on Eller Brook. With the high tides and more significant rainfall expected over the next few days, we are working with the EA to pump water away from the Croston Moss, the flood plain.

We are assessing the situation and are looking to make a temporary repair, but there is currently an increased flood risk to the wider Croston area

“We have two fire engines, one command unit at the scene and we sent our High Volume Pump from Burnley to the scene and asked the National Coordination Centre for another four high volume pumps from across the country.”

Chief Insp Mark Baines, of Lancashire Police, said: “This issue is not due to any more rain, it is more to do with damage caused to the banking.

“Everything possible is being done to prevent further flooding following the events of Boxing Day and Sunday.”

About 500 properties in Croston lost power on Sunday morning after a substation flooded.

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods.'A firefighter negotiates the flooded centre of Croston.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods.'A firefighter negotiates the flooded centre of Croston. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015

An Electricity North West spokesman confirmed yesterday that power had been restored to all but 58 homes.

Croston Sports Club, which become a hub for stricken families, issued a plea yesterday for mops and buckets to help with the clean-up.

Stuart Laverick, part of the team helping with the recovery, said: “We are just all hands to the pump. We are in dire need of mops, buckets and bleach for the clean-up operation.”

Stuart, 37, said the water had come up to the front door of his house but hadn’t come in, and said: “It’s probably one of the only estates that didn’t get affected.

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods.'A resident in the flooded centre of Croston watches as firefighters prepare to pump out the water.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods.'A resident in the flooded centre of Croston watches as firefighters prepare to pump out the water. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015

“Some have been under three feet of water, some have got waste standing in the house, that’s why we need mops and buckets.”

And the county is braced for more bad weather from today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow, be aware, warning for both rain and wind on Wednesday.

Rain is set to batter Lancashire again with up to three inches, 80mm, falling on high ground and potentially in excess of 4.7ins, 120mm, in exposed locations – with most places seeing up to 1.5ins, 40mm.

Gusts of up to 70mph are also predicted.

The Government has vowed to look again at the quality of the UK’s flood defences. Emergency financial assistance will also be put in place for affected areas, and homes and businesses damaged by flooding will have access to the same package of support announced for those affected by Storm Desmond.

The Lancashire Flood Appeal confirmed that it will support vulnerable people affected by flooding over Christmas as well as those affected by Storm Desmond.

Insurance companies also visited areas struck by floods to advise people on how to make claims.

David Cameron was touring flood-hit communities yesterday.