As woman’s Barnoldswick home floods, she’s told ‘it’s not raining in Burnley’

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A Barnoldswick woman who phoned Lancashire County Council’s drains team for urgent help as her home flooded during a devastating freak rainstorm was told “it’s not raining here in Burnley”.

Anne Ainley, of Raikes Beck Cottage, first phoned the county council’s helpline at 2-30pm last Thursday when a deluge hit Barnoldswick causing 2ft. high fountains of water to shoot into the air from manhole covers in Long Ing Lane.

Water can be seen shooting up from a manhole cover in Long Ing Lane and pouring through the gate of Raikes Beck Cottage in Barnoldswick at 4pm last Thursday. Pic by James Wilson.

Water can be seen shooting up from a manhole cover in Long Ing Lane and pouring through the gate of Raikes Beck Cottage in Barnoldswick at 4pm last Thursday. Pic by James Wilson.

After a repeat phone call an hour later pleading for drain cleaners to come quickly, a team with sandbags arrived at 5pm, by which time flood water was shin deep in her integral garage and was covering the conservatory, study and kitchen.

 

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