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Communities "not being protected from flooding"

Whalley was one of a number of areas badly hit by floods in 2015

The government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding, according to a new report.

Parts of Cumbria and Lancashire were left devastated by floods in December 2015 and early this year.

The Environmental Audit Committee say it isn't good enough for the government to react to flooding events as they occur. Mary Creagh is the committee chair.

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Bridge update: Video and pictures

More pictures of the bridge that has collapsed next to Barton Bridge on the M60 have been released.

The bridge consists of four huge pillars that were supporting a platform. It is believed the platform was being lowered this morning at 9.30am when it collapsed. No injuries were reported.

Bridge collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
Before collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Update: Pictures show bridge before and after collapse

Astonishing before and after pictures show the scale of the collapsed bridge that was supposed to eventually carry a dual carriageway over the Manchester Ship canal.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and said it felt as if there was an “earthquake” in the area.

It appears a concrete platform being constructed between four 31-metre (93ft) high pillars fell to the ground on Monday morning.

The structure is part of a new lifting bridge which will carry a new dual carriageway over the Manchester Ship Canal, joining the Trafford Centre on one side to Salford.

Picture shows bridge before collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
Bridge after collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
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