FLOODING UPDATE: More rain set to batter Lancashire

More rain is forecast to hit Lancashire after the Boxing Day deluge that left a trail of chaos across the region.

Forecasters from the Met Office have warned more rain is on the way from tonight and into next week.

The worst of the rain is expected to hit the region in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

But John Hammond, Met Office advisor, said things aren’t expected to be as bad as they were over Christmas, when torrential rain caused widespread disruption across the county.

He said: “As far as Met Office alerts and warnings go, attention next focuses on another deep and vigorous Atlantic depression – and its associated rain and strong winds as these approach the UK around the middle of the week.

“On Tuesday winds look like strengthening across the region with gales possible on some coasts and hills. These increasing winds herald the arrival of another area of rain, which based on current timing arrives around midnight Wednesday – and finally clears during the small hours of Thursday.

“Compared to Boxing Day’s heavy rain, a subtle shift in wind direction towards a more southerly, could mean that Cumbria may receive the higher rainfall totals. Alternately, Lancashire and Greater Manchester may be somewhat sheltered, so perhaps seeing the less high rainfall amounts.”