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A deluge across Lancashire has seen rivers rise to record levels and people evacuated from homes in the Ribble Valley.

Latest available river level data on GaugeMap.co.uk showed the River Ribble at Ribchester at 5.77m, higher than the previous 5.339m set on January 21st, 2008, as water levels continued to rise throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

In Whalley, the River Calder rose to 4.64m, breaking the previous highest recorded there on 4.122m set on June 23rd, 2012.

Longridge Civic Hall has been set up as an evacuation centre for people forced from their homes in Ribchester and Whalley Golf Club for those evacuated from Whalley.

The River Ribble was estimated to be one mile wide at Ribchester while residents in Whalley described the flood water as the worst ever witnessed.

Roads are impassable in many places and people are being advised to only travel if it is an emergency.

Seven Environment Agency severe flood warnings are in place for severe flooding and danger to life, three in Whalley and two in Ribchester, and two at St Michael’s on Wyre.

The Army has been brought in to assist the fire service, police and Lancashire County Council with evacuations and 500 to 600 people are being advised to leave their homes in the three most severely affected places.

Rain has currently eased but is forecast to return in the early evening. The Met Office’s red rain warning is in force until 9pm tonight.

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