UPDATED: Heavy rain brings more flooding to Lancashire

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Heavy rain brought more flooding and road disruptions to Lancashire last night and early today.

Police and highways officials reported a host of minor accidents on the M6 as torrential rain made driving conditions hazardous.

The A6 at Cabus, near Garstang, was closed for some time overnight owing to flooding but reopened this morning.

Firefighters were called out to several incidents of flooding around the county.

In Little Lane, Longridge, near Preston, they pumped out water from six terraced houses after being alerted at 11.30pm.

Residents reported water coming up under their floorboards and rising. Firefighters from Preston used a portable pump to remove it amid concerns that electrical circuits may be affected.

Crews were also called to homes in Hill Road, Penwortham, near Preston, and Woodplumpton Road, Preston.

In Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, floodwater entered the kitchen of a restaurant.

Firefighters used a portable pump to pump out the water.

In Bare Lane, Morecambe, floods affected the cellar of a public house.

Motorway police and the HIghways Agency warned drivers to be careful last night after a spate of collisions at around 8pm last night as torrential rain led to massively reduced visibility and vehicles aquaplaning.

There were reports of several minor accidents on the M6 between Preston and Lancaster.

Part of the southbound M61 was blocked near Bolton after a multi-vehicle collision.

Later that night, a car collided with the central reservation on the M6 between Lancaster and Carnforth.

Highways Agency staff and emergency services made the scene safe.

Fire crews attended the scene of an accident in Dickson Road, Blackpool, this morning where a car had collided with a wall.

Firefighters ensured there were no remaining hazards in respect of fire, fuel or oil spillages or debris.

The Met Office said further spells of heavy rain were likely to affect parts of Wales and northwest England at times during Monday and Tuesday.

The rain will come through in two batches, the first for a few hours during Monday, with a second rather more persistent period of rain arriving from the southwest on Monday night.