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Trains cancelled due to floods landslide

Northern Rail Train

Northern Rail Train

TRAINS between Blackpool and Preston were cancelled this morning after a landslide blocked the track.

The incident at Weeton happened after more than two weeks’ worth of rain fell on the Fylde coast in a single 36-hour spell.

Roads became impassable, homes were flooded and rivers rose to a dangerous height as the region suffered in the deluge.

According to the Met Office 51mm of rain fell on the Fylde and Over-Wyre between Monday morning and mid-day yesterday - compared to the usual September average for the area of 94mm for the whole month.

This morning, early trains between Blackpool North and Preston were cancelled due to a minor landslide blocking the track. Replacement bus services were put in place.

Around 300 families were evacuated from the Cala Gran Holiday Park in Fleetwood after standing water began to engulf part of the site yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for the site said: “The River Wyre burst its banks and the forecast was heavy rain for the next 24 hours so as a precaution we decided to close the resort and most of the 300 families have left. When the water gets that high it could interfere with electrical equipment so it’s wiser not to have people around.

“Most of the families are just driving home but a few of them are looking for other accommodation.”

The worst affected areas were in Wyre and rural Fylde, while parts of Blackpool also became waterlogged.

Lytham coastguard were called in by ambulance crews to help reach an ill woman in a stricken caravan at the Mariclough Hampsfield caravan park, on Preston New Road, Peel, at 5.30pm yesterday.

The water around the caravan was too deep for the ambulance to reach so crews helped evacuate the 50-year-old woman, who was transferred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Some parts of Hambleton were reported to have up to 3ft of standing water, affecting roads and homes.

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