PHOTO SPECIAL: The huge Padiham clean-up operations

Padiham residents and volunteers turned out in force today as a major clean-up operation got underway got underway in the town centre following yesterday’s devastating floods.

With water levels in the River Clder returning to normal, locals were counting the costs of the Boxing Day drama with both businesses and residents assessing the damage done as water gushed through the streets.

Padiham Clean-up after the flood as local residents and volunteers helped each other to clean up the mess caused by the floods in the main street of Padiham.'27th December 2015

Padiham Clean-up after the flood as local residents and volunteers helped each other to clean up the mess caused by the floods in the main street of Padiham.'27th December 2015

Our photographer Paul Simpson caught the day the community united to salvage their town centre, while reporter Sue Plunkett heard the stories of despair from locals.

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