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UK floods: 70 people and horses rescued in Lancashire

Bel Rushton in Carnforth train station

More than 70 people and 20 horses had to be rescued from floods in Lancashire as bad weather hit the UK.

Emergency crews received up to 500 calls with Lancaster and Galgate the worst affected places.

Roads are shut and rail services have been suspended by floods in north Walesand snow is forecast across Scotland.

There are currently eight flood warnings in place in the north west, forcing rail services to run at a reduced speed.

More than 30 properties were pumped out and a number of people rescued from vehicles in parts of North Yorkshire.

The Met Office said around 1.7in (4.3cm) of rain had fallen in 24 hours in parts of Lancashire with United Utilities saying rainfall had reached “unprecedented levels”.

Two lanes on the M6 motorway southbound remain closed, between junctions 35 and 36 and the A6 at Galgate is also shut in both directions.

Maggie Wild
Image caption“It was bucket versus river and the river won,” resident Maggie Wild said
Flooding in Galgate
Image captionThe main route through Galgate has been shut by flooding

About 500 properties mainly in Blackpool, Thornton-Cleveleys and Poulton on the Fylde coast, are without power due to the weather, Electricity North West confirmed.

Rail lines that were shut between Preston and Lancaster have reopened, according to Virgin Trains, but services are running at reduced speed on all lines.

Ellel Primary School in Galgate and Cardinal Allen High School in Fleetwood have been shut for the day because of the weather.

People had to abandon their cars and homes were flooded when the River Conder in Galgate burst its banks on Wednesday evening.

Resident Maggie Wild, whose cellar was flooded, said: “[I] came home and thought it is pretty high and it is still going to rain all night so I better start moving stuff out of the way.

“It just came in faster and faster… and there came a point when we were bucketing it out and we had pumps going on it.”

Emergency services
Image captionThe River Conder in Galgate burst its banks

She said: “It was bucket versus river and the river won.”

She added her cooker, washer, dishwasher boiler were “all gone”.

Electricity North West said the weather had caused “intermittent power cuts” in Preston and Ulverston.

Showers ‘easing’

Flooding has also affected the Devonshire Road area of Blackpool, which is currently a diversion route for traffic because the Promenade is shut while tram network extension work is under way.

Devonshire Road is closed between Mansfield Road and Warley Road.

The A583 in Kirkham was also closed in both directions between Ribby Road and Fox Lane Ends.

Lancaster City Council tweeted it has teams are in the areas worst hit clearing debris from roads and pavements.

According to BBC Weather, blustery showers will ease off later and many places will have a dry night.

In December 2015 about 5,200 homes were flooded by Storm Desmond in Cumbria and Lancashire, with 42,000 homes in the Lancaster area losing power after an electricity sub-station was flooded.