The Environment Agency says it is investing in more flood prevention measures after large parts of East Lancashire were hit by floods in June. Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been looking at their work in Blackburn.
The Environment Agency will go underground in Blackburn today in a bid to prevent a repeat of the flooding witnessed in some parts of the region last month. Workers will go down man holes to clear pipes in and around the town centre.
The wet weather will continue into today, with many areas expecting rain late this afternoon. Friday saw two weeks' worth fall in 12 hours, and several areas in the region have already seen localised flooding.
16 tonnes of silt were removed from the river at Crawshawbooth near Rawtenstall in an attempt to avoid the problem, and residents had to be evacuated from Knott Street in Darwen as the water levels began to affect the structure of one of the buildings.
The Environment Agency issued 3 flood warnings for our region on Friday: for the River Darwen at Darwen, the River Roch at Littleborough and the River Spodden at Whitworth. They also put out 12 flood alerts, for Lancashire and parts of Greater Manchester.
The Environment Agency says more than 20 properties have been evacuated because of the floods.
Fine this afternoon, cloud & sunny spells, but it's a tricky forecasting week with numerous fronts pushing up from the SW bringing showers.
They won't be torrential, but we won't be able to guarantee that any one day will be dry. Temperatures will rise as warm air is sucked up from the continent.
We can breathe a sigh of relief; a much better day today.
Many parts of the region are experiencing widespread flooding after Friday & if you are clearing up today, the good news is that there will be no nasty weather surprises for the rest of the afternoon.
It should be mostly dry & bright,17c 63f.
22 flood warnings have been removed in the last 24 hours from the NW region.
25 flood WARNINGS are still in place across NW England.
"Flooding expected requiring immediate action"
30 flood ALERTS currently in place across the NW.
"Flooding possible, be prepared"