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Storm Ciara batters Blackpool and the Fylde coast

Your morning commutes could be disrupted today, as the cleanup gets underway after Storm Ciara battered Blackpool and the Fylde coast yesterday.

A month and a half's rain fell yesterday, and there are more weather warnings in place for the coming days.

Yesterday the emergency services declared the storm a major incident.

Some residents in Blackpool had to be evacuated due to rising water affecting Queen Victoria Road and Rigby Road.

Some have had to move into temporary accommodation.

Meanwhile the occupants of a car had to rescued from under the bridge at Seasiders Way.

A statement from Blackpool Council says: ''The worst of the rain is now hopefully behind us but winds will remain strong for the next few days.

''We have been able to close our rest centre and those affected have been able to go home or we have sorted temporary accommodation for them.

Some road closures remain in place they are:

~Foxhall Road - closed from junction of Princess Street to Yorkshire Street
~Bairstow Street - closed from the Promenade to Dale Street
~Dale Street - closed from Princess Street to junction of Yorkshire Street

''Thank you to everyone in the emergency services and the council who have been working tirelessly to keep us all safe.''

Lancashire Police said: ''Surface water remains on many roads and high winds have been predicted over the next few days. Motorists should drive with caution.

''Thank you for continued support and patience during what has been an exceptional day for the emergency services and our partner agencies.
 
''Further to our earlier updates we can confirm the flooding response operation is being scaled back across the county.  
 
''We want to reassure residents the Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and advise where necessary of any changes.''

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