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100 days on from Boxing Day floods

100 days on from the Boxing Day floods many people affected are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses were flooded in the deluge in December 2015.

One of the worst hit areas was Whalley, Ribble Valley, where the River Calder burst its banks.

Flood defences are being restored but there is no promise that they will hold in the future.

New insurance backing for flood victims

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A new insurance scheme has been launched 100 days since the Boxing Day floods in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Storms and heavy rain throughout December made it the wettest month on record.

Nearly 5000 properties across the region were affected.

Flood Re should help reduce premiums and excesses in areas frequently hit.

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Amazon announces 1,000 new jobs in Manchester

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Online shopping giant Amazon is to create 1,000 new jobs at a centre in Manchester.

The new centre will open in Autumn this year and the jobs will be created over the next three years, the company has announced.

Posts will include engineers, computing staff, human resources and operations managers.

This latest announcement is part of the company's plans to create 2,500 jobs this year - bringing its total workforce to 14,500.

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Work starts on new "smart" motorway

Work's starting on the first section of a major scheme to improve one of the region's busiest motorways. Highways England is upgrading a 20-mile stretch of the route between junctions 16 near Crewe and 19 near Knutsford in Cheshire.

M6 near Holmes Chapel. Its one of the region's busiest motorways Credit: pa

It includes converting the hard shoulder of a stretch of the M6 in Cheshire to a traffic lane. In addition crews will also undertake maintenance work on bridges and structures along the route.

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