LATEST: Plea for help from flood-hit village

The Lancashire village of Croston was one of the worst affected in the area by the Boxing Day floods.'Residents gather to watch pumping operations begin.  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.'Residents gather to watch pumping operations begin. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-12-2015

A sports club at the centre of a flood-hit community has issued a plea for mops and buckets as a major clean-up operation continues.

Croston Sports Club has become a hub for stricken families, after the village was hit by flooding at the weekend.

Stuart Laverick, part of the team helping with the recovery, said: “We are just all hands to the pump.

“We are trying to use the club as a hub to distribute all the resources that are coming in.

“We are getting requests through Facebook so we have set up a distribution centre.

“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.

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

“I’ve never seen anything like it, I’ve lived here 33 years.

“1987 was probably the worst, but it was nothing like what we’ve just seen.

“There are parts of Croston that don’t normally flood that were like a river.”

As the major clean-up operation continues, severe flood warnings are in place for the wider Croston area after fears a banking in the River Douglas could collapse.

Stuart said: “It was a beautiful atmosphere yesterday when everyone came together and brought the food.

“Today I think people are very tired and very drained.”

Electricity North West has restored power to all but 58 homes in the village, and the volunteers are working to contact householders if they need to return home for wiring to be checked.

Stuart added: “We need help with mopping water out so we can get electricity on.”

Anyone affected can visit the @CrostonNews or Croston Sports Club Facebook pages.