Heavy downpours spark rescues and evacuations as flooding hits parts of UK
The railway between Manchester Airport and Wimslow has been disrupted.
Homes have been evacuated and stranded people rescued as heavy downpours caused flooding across parts of the UK.
Flooding due to sustained rain disrupted all lines on the railway between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow early on Thursday, according to train operator Northern.
A major incident was declared late on Wednesday in Poynton, Cheshire, due to “severe flooding”.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said firefighters, emergency services personnel and staff from Highways England were helping those affected, with a rest centre established at Poynton Civic Hall.
Police urged people not to ignore “road closed” signs by driving or walking through water.
“Your car could become submerged and the road underneath could have collapsed, putting you in danger,” the Macclesfield North and Poynton Police Twitter account said.
Final update for this evening. Our crews have returned home after a 7 hour stint performing rescues, salvage operations and incidents involving electrics and flood water. Our appliance has been mobilised to over 20 incidents. Our last one being a person stuck in flood water. pic.twitter.com/0RpgCjTAht— Poynton Fire Station (@PoyntonFS) August 1, 2019
CFRS added: “Please bear with us, crews and police officers are working very hard to get to those in need and the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Poynton Fire Station said its crews had attended more than 20 incidents, including rescuing at least 11 people from floodwater in the area during a four-hour period.
A busy day for Charlie Watch, first on scene to a major flooding in Poynton which progressed to a Major Incident. Crews from across @cheshirefire working hard to protect homes. #poynton #flooding pic.twitter.com/sywX516ayF— Wilmslow Fire Station (@WilmslowFS) July 31, 2019
Police in nearby Wilmslow also said officers were “dealing with flooding” and had evacuated affected residents, with Oakenclough Children’s Centre open as a rest centre.
The Met Office said it should be a “much drier picture” across England on Thursday.
Forecaster Luke Miall said only sporadic rain was likely in central and western Scotland and northern England, possibly as far south as Yorkshire.
He said: “There may be some showers but they’re likely to not be as frequent nor as significant as the last few days.”
South-west England and parts of Wales may also see occasional showers, he added.
The collapse of this road saved around a dozen cottages from flooding but no everyone has been so lucky in Poynton. A number of flood warnings are still in place this morning. @GMB pic.twitter.com/8rIkXIU8iK— Juliet Dunlop (@julietdunlop) August 1, 2019
On Thursday morning across England there were 17 flood warnings – meaning immediate action was required – and people were advised to be prepared via 27 flood alerts.
Despite reports of 6in (15cm) of water having receded in the Cheshire suburb of Handforth in the early hours, flooding had still shut down a wide network of roads in the region.
Cheshire East Council said: “Overnight, we have responded to more than 150 highways-related flooding calls and today we will be inspecting our roads, clearing any debris & responding to further requests for assistance.”