Flooding in Lancashire leads to travel disruption

Flooding in Lancashire
Image caption A flood warning is in place for the River Conder at Galgate

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused disruption in parts of Lancashire.

Flooding on the West Coast Main Line caused long delays on some trains running through Lancaster and Preston.

The M6 and A6 near Lancaster were flooded and the Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the River Conder at Galgate near Lancaster.

A power line came down on Edisford Road in Clitheroe, leading to a loss of electricity for 1,800 customers just before 07:00 BST.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said the power has since been restored to all but two customers and engineers were working to resolve the problem.

'Like a river'

The high winds also affected Isle of Man Steam Packet sailings from Douglas to Heysham with sailings delayed each way.

The Douglas sailing was an hour late setting off at 20:45 BST.

Sailings from the island to Liverpool were cancelled.

A fallen tree blocked Ashton Road in Lancaster early on Tuesday morning, but was cleared by 09:00 BST.

A spokesman for Network Rail said the West Coast Main Line was affected at Grayrigg near Penrith, Cumbria, and at Woodacre, near Garstang, due to flooding.

Trains travelling northbound on the line near Grayrigg were brought to a halt at about 06:30 BST but re-opened an hour later with a 5mph restriction.

The line had re-opened fully by 09:30 BST.

At Woodacre, the line was closed in both directions at about 07:00 BST, but had re-opened by 09:30 BST.

Debbie Foord, who lives near the River Conder, said she had been clearing her cellar in case it became flooded.

"I looked out of the window and I saw a horse knee-deep in water. The field was just like a river," she said.

"I looked out of my back window and the water is right up to the wall.

"We've just been and emptied the cellar out of things of sentimental value really, but we can't get it all to high ground."

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