PARTS of a village pub turned into a “swimming pool” as Chorley was left counting the cost of torrential rain.
Residents and businesses across the borough were hit by devastating floods as the North West bore the brunt of the downpours on Friday and into Saturday.
A month’s rain fell in just 24 hours.
They included The Red Lion, Blackburn Road, in Wheelton village centre, which was forced to close over the entire weekend and into this week.
Landlady Claire Young, 29, who runs the Enterprise Inns pub with her partner John Woolley, 35, explained on Monday: “Our cellar has been completely flooded.
“The insurance are coming out today and hopefully will assess the loss of stock and equipment damage.
“A large storm drain at the back couldn’t take it and it all came up out of the ground – it cracked the Tarmac.”
The incident happened at about 7pm on Friday.
“We were open at the time,” said Claire. “We were just working away. I let the dog out and said that drain in the corner at the back was not looking too good.
“I just went to go to the toilet and there was a foot of water on the back step – it was just a swimming pool.”
“Firefighters pumped water away, and we tried to continue serving other lines of stock we had that wasn’t in the cellar or from the cellar.
“I went to the shop and got bottles of Coke and lemonade.”