Hundreds of famillies and business owner across Burnley and Pendle, Padiham and the Ribble Valley were waking up this morning to face the dreadful reality of the havoc that the Boxing Day floods have left.
Armies of volunteers were gathering to help those affected by the worst flooding the county has seen for decades. More rain had been predicted overnight and householders across the Ribble Valley were being warned that more floodiing was expected in the early hours of the morning.
Fire crews across the area have been kept busy answering emergency and life threatening calls only and the army was drafted in in Whalley where people had to be rescued from their homes as water flooded through the main street.
The floods have ruined noit just Christmas for many people but also their homes, livelihoods and prized possessions.
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