Lancashire

Roads remain closed after Lancashire floods

Some parts of the county received 46mm of rainfall

Several roads remain closed in Lancashire after heavy rain led to flash flooding in parts of the county.

The Met Office said Preston saw 46mm of rainfall overnight and Stoneyhurst 44mm.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said it received about 100 calls within an hour on Tuesday from people reporting flooding throughout the county.

A spokeswoman said the situation had improved and the service had received few calls overnight.

Lathom High School in Skelmersdale was closed on Wednesday after it was affected by the floods.

Coote Lane and Croston Road in Lostock Hall remained closed, as was Euxton Lane in Euxton.

A flood warning has been issued for the River Yarrow at Croston.

Forecasters are predicting the rain will move away from Lancashire later.

The hosepipe ban remains in place

Paul Knightley from Meteogroup said: "For the North West today we're looking like we could see a few more showers, but they are not going to be that heavy.

"At this time of year the rain tends to be much more localised so it is much more difficult to pin down."

United Utilities said the hosepipe ban, which was introduced on 9 July, would remain in place.

Helen Wilson from the firm said: "The rain is welcome in terms of the water levels in the reservoirs and things are recovering, which is great news.

"We're not out of the woods yet and we need quite a lot more rain."

She said: "We did have quite a lot of rain over the weekend as well and even though we had heavy rain yesterday, things haven't changed that much since then."

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