Could the authorities have done more to stop June’s flooding chaos?

Flooding in Whalley

Flooding in Whalley

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The heavens opened across East Lancashie in late June, leaving summer events cancelled, roads flooded and the ground floor of some homes under feet of water.

Everyone has a story to tell of Friday, June 22nd, whether it was getting soaked dashing to and from your car; watching a local river break its banks; diverting a domestic flood disater or starting a mopping up operation.

But could more have been done by the authorities to prevent this misery? Should those at most risk have been issued with sandbags; should adequate river defences and suitable drianage measures already have been in place?

Or do you think it was just an act of nature that could not haveb been avoided and people living near a river should simply accept the possible risks involved?