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‘War zone’ village prepares for more

LANCASHIRE villagers remained on high alert yesterday after being told they could face further flooding in what they feel is already a “war zone.”
Croston was bracing itself for more rain after three severe flood warnings — meaning danger to life — were issued by the Environment Agency, with a high-tide warning in place yesterday afternoon.
Some 50 houses remained without power two days on from the Boxing Day inundation.
People had to sleep at the Croston Sports Club, which was turned into makeshift accommodation for those unable to get into their properties, providing warmth, food and some much-needed community spirit.
Elaine Ward, 54, and her husband Dave, 55, were forced to abandon their home when their garden, overlooking the River Yarrow, turned into “a swimming pool.”
Troops rescued them in a boat as the water seeping into their cottage got deeper.
Mrs Ward said: “The river was running against us like a tsunami. It was chest height and it was freezing. It’s like a war zone.”


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