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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 14:07 GMT 15:07 UK
Rain water pumped from 40 homes
Flooded Earby beck
People awoke to a torrent of water flowing down the street
About 50 people had to leave their homes in Lancashire as the fire service pumped water out of their houses following another night of heavy rain.

The fire service was called to help residents in Water Street in Earby, where about 40 houses were said to have been flooded by several feet of water.

A main road through the village of Sabden was closed on Tuesday morning due to localised flooding.

The A59 at Langho was also said to have been virtually blocked by flood water.

Other areas affected include Ribchester and Neddy Lane which links Great Harwood and Billington.

Map showing Sabden

Residents and business owners in Earby spent Tuesday morning cleaning up after the local beck burst its banks.

People were awoken in the early hours of the morning to a river flowing down Water Street.

One man said: "I looked out of the window at 0250 BST and saw it running down the road as far as the kerb.

"By the time I put my clothes on and looked out of the window again it had risen about eight or nine inches."

Lancashire Police are advising anyone travelling though the area by car to take extra care.

Villagers in Earby begin the clean-up


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