Storm Ciara: Burnley Cemetery temporarily flooded during deluge

Visitors to Burnley Cemetery were left shocked and saddened after Storm Ciara temporarily flooded a number of plots during Sunday's torrential downpour.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 11:59 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:00 pm

Heavy rainfall saw large parts the Rossendale Road cemetery under water as the drainage system battled against high levels of rain.

The cemetery is now clear of water and a Burnley Council spokesman said: "Due to exceptionally high levels of rainfall there was some temporary flooding on some of the plots.

"There is a full and effective drainage system in the cemetery and this water has now drained away.

Photo: Sophie Edwards

"The temporary flooding occurred because the rain was coming down so heavily it wasn't allowing time for water to seep into the ground and drain away quickly enough."