TORRENTIAL downpours wreaked havoc across Hyndburn this week as over two inches of rain fell in 48 hours.
It caused flooding on motorways, main roads and the railway line running through Accrington.
In Rishton pensioner Eric Bellas, 77, saw flooding near his home in Somerset Road.
He said: "The drains are all blocked with leaves from the autumn. The water was pouring down from Cut Wood Park onto Somerset Road. It is an absolute mess."
Mr Bellas, who has complained to Hyndburn Council about the blockage, said: "The water was at least four inches deep. It was so deep it covered my dog’s legs. A neighbour’s house at the end of the street was flooded. They had to use a pump to clean it up."
The council this week said it was investigating the problem.
Standing water on motorways and local roads made driving treacherous, and on Monday police advised motorists not to travel unless it was absolutely necessary.
Accrington fire crews were called out to help tackle flooding behind the post office in Rising Bridge and at Ewood Bridge, Haslingden.
A spokeswoman for train operator Northern Rail said the Blackpool North to York and Blackpool South to Colne services were disrupted for much of Monday.
She said: "Because of flooding near Blackburn and Hapton, the services through Accrington were disrupted. Fortunately they were back to normal by Tuesday
MP Greg Pope spent six hours travelling to London on a train from Manchester.
He said: "It was a very long journey because of all the rain."
Observer weatherman Roy Chetham said January 2008 has been one of the wettest on record.
He said: "I recorded nine inches of rain from 1 January until 21 January. This is more than we have ever had before and the month isn’t even over yet.
"It is very unusual to see this amount of rain fall at such a rate."
After a brief dry spell on Tuesday forecasters warned the wet weather would return by the end of the week.