SANDBAGS have been stockpiled ready for residents and businesses in Burnley who at the greatest risk of flooding.

Burnley Council has said sandbags have been stockpiled and parks staff in Padiham will be delivering them to those who have been identified by the council and Padiham Town Council as at most risk.

A further stock of sandbags will be available for properties and other premises in Cliviger and Worsthorne and will be delivered by council staff as necessary.

The same applies if a need arises in other parts of the borough.

A council spokesman said: "It's council's priority to protect people and property and we need to ensure sandbags go to those who need them most.

"Sandbags are available from builders' merchants and large DIY stores and we would encourage anyone who is concerned about the risk if flooding to consider acquiring their own bags.

"There is currently an amber rain warning from the Met Office for heavy rain at times, with the chance of flooding and traffic disruption over an area including our borough.

"The worst is expected between 3pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday.

"Residents and businesses, especially in those areas previously hit by flooding, are being encouraged to take whatever measures they feel appropriate to prepare for the weekend's rain in order to best protect their properties, including preparing any flood prevention measures they have ready to put them in place if necessary."

During Storm Ciara some premises suffered flood water coming up from the ground and into cellars and basements.

The council is planning and preparing its response and staff and equipment are on stand by ready to assist in any flood-hit areas.