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Severe flood warning for St Michael's on Wyre

There is a severe flood warning in place for the area south of the river in St Michael's on Wyre Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

A severe flood warning remains in place for St Michael's on Wyre after more heavy rainfall overnight.

The Environment Agency says the area south of the River Wyre is at high risk of flooding due to raised river levels and pressure on temporary defences.

It says there is a significant chance the defences may not be able to cope with rising levels of water.

Environment Agency staff remain on site in the village.

Earlier this morning more than 40 officers were on the ground, urging people to leave up to 50 properties that were deemed at highest risk.

Police say the situation poses a potential risk to life.

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Motorist: M6 chaos was a 'total farce'

Louise Jones was stuck on the M6 for hours overnight because of the heavy snow and she described it as the "scariest experience" she had had in 26 years of driving.

Mrs Jones, from Bootle, was travelling home from a restaurant in Wigan where she had been celebrating her father's 65th birthday when she got stuck on the motorway.

It took her more than five hours to travel the 20 miles home.

We did not move at all, three lanes of cars were totally gridlocked. For the first three hours we left the engine running to keep warm, then turned it off and every car we could see was just sitting in the darkness, it was really eerie how silent it was.

Eventually a snow plough drove along the hard shoulder at about 1am, then we saw nothing moving until a police car at 1.40am.

It really was horrendous. I can't understand why it took so long to clear enough space to direct traffic through. It was a total farce.

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