TORRENTIAL rain battered Great Harwood at the weekend, flooding Queen Street and leaving shops and businesses under water.
The town has been left mopping up after the downpour on Sunday evening, which led to the bottom end of the street being closed off by police.
The flood is believed to have been caused by water overflowing from Harwood Brook and it is the second time the area has flooded in recent years.
Landlord of the Plough Inn, Maureen Smith, has described how the Queen Street pub was completely cut off as water levels began to rise.
She said: "The storm started on Sunday evening and it was really bad, it was absolutely torrential. We were surrounded by water, it was pouring into the garden and it was just like a river down the street. Nobody could get to the pub and the car park of the Co-op was horrendous
"The water just came in at the front door of the pub but luckily it didn't get any further. They closed the road in front of us because when traffic came through it was like a tidal wave."
Highways response vehicles were called out to the scene by a standby officer from Hyndburn Council.
A council spokesman said: "The officer received a call from the police notifying the council of flooding in Queen Street. He called out a highways response vehicle to attend the scene and provide assistance.
"They found flooding in the vicinity of Mercer Hall and the Co-op car park.
"Water was escaping from the culverted watercourse - Harwood Brook - and flowing down Queen Street.
"Due to the severity of the flooding it was necessary to close Queen Street from its junction with Water Street to Park Road.
"Part of the road was damaged as water forced its way through and this has now been cordoned off."
In a separate incident, hundreds of homes were left without water during the floods after an electrical fault at a pumping station. The water supply was cut off to houses in the Northcliffe and Blackburn Old Road area.
A spokesman for United Utilities, apologised to affected residents, adding: "It was a fault within an electricity cable which left people without water for a short period of time."
- PARTS of Accrington were also affected by the weekend downpours when raw sewage poured into residents' gardens after drains overflowed.
Gallons of sewage flowed down Wheat Street and into Blackburn Road.
A spokesman for United Utilities said: "The sheer volume of rain that fell in such a short period of time made it impossible for the sewers to take away that amount of water.
"There was a lot of bad weather across the North West and we were there at about 2.30pm.
"We sent out an engineer to see if there was anything they could do to stop it and then sent out a team to clean up, which fully disenfected the area."