Clear up continues after floods

Lloyds TSB in Market Street Chorley
Lloyds TSB in Market Street Chorley

The clear up is continuing after major floods hit Chorley over the weekend.

Lloyds TSB on Market Street remains closed due to ‘major flood damage’ a week after torrential rain caused the bank’s sewers to burst.

And environment bosses say more heavy showers are expect over the next two days.

Signs on the doors of the town centre bank warn customers they have been unable for four days to open due to ‘hazards’ and ‘major damage’, and directed shoppers to banks in nearby Leyland and Bamber Bridge. Steve Moore, North West Director for the Environment Agency, said: “Our thoughts are with those people whose homes and businesses have been affected by flooding.

“Our staff, along with local authority partners have been out working hard to provide communities with as much assistance and information as possible.”

The worst of the damage in Chorley was experienced in Croston, Wheelton and Brindle, where houses were damaged and businesses were forced to close. The Red Lion in Wheelton also suffered in the floods with their cellar becoming badly damaged.

Mr Moore said: “The North West has experienced severe weather over the last week, and with further rain forecast for the next few hours, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.”

They warn the showers will be short, sharp and heavy, with risks of more flooding in places.