Padiham came perilously close to repeat of Boxing Day 2015 floods

These dramatic pictures, taken over the weekend, show just how close Padiham came to a repeat of the disastrous Boxing Day floods of 2015.
River Calder at PadihamRiver Calder at Padiham
River Calder at Padiham

Thankfully this year, despite the torrential and persistent rain that battered large parts of East Lancashire, homes and businesses in Burnley and Padiham escaped largely unscathed.

These pictures show the River Calder gushing under the bridge behind Padiham Town Hall at teatime on Saturday.

Fortunately the rains subsided over the course of the evening and flood warnings were downgraded by the Environment Agency.