North West flooding: People rescued as homes and roads flood

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Media captionMajor downpours on Wednesday flooded homes and caused road closures and rail delays

Flood warnings are in place across parts of northern England after heavy rain left people stranded and blocked roads and rail lines.

Firefighters rescued 11 people from flooded properties in Poynton, Cheshire, and 11 people in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

The Met Office said 19mm of rain fell in the North West over eight hours on Wednesday, on top of heavy rain that hit the region on Sunday and Monday.

Six flood warnings remain in place.

They include rivers in Poynton, Little Bollington, Heatley and Altrincham.

A 13-year-old boy was rescued from Happy Valley Nature Reserve in Hazel Grove, Stockport, using an inflatable path after he became stranded by flowing water.

One of the firefighters involved in the initial rescue fell into the “fast-flowing” water and also had to be rescued.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue (GMFRS) described the rescue as “difficult” and involving “acts of bravery”.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed two patients had been taken to hospital after they were called out at 17:00 BST on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, pets have drowned and livestock has been lost, along with massive damage to properties and businesses, across the Yorkshire Dales.

In Leicestershire, an international Scout and Guide camping event at a farm near Ibstock has ended early due to the “unprecedented” wet conditions.

The week-long camp was due to run until Saturday but about 4,500 people from 23 countries are due to be leave the site today.

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Image caption The morning after – flood water had subsided but left roads and pavement in Bramhall covered in mud and silt

Bramhall, in Stockport, was also badly hit by flooding, with eleven people and four dogs being rescued, GMFRS said.

Jackie Carter, who lives there, said: “I was working from home yesterday and saw the water starting to come over the patio at the back of the house.

“Within two hours we were being evacuated. It’s the second time in three years – the first time we were out of our house for 11 months.

“I saved as much as I could, photographs and stuff like that, but there’s only a certain amount you can do.”

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Image caption Roads and paths were completely cut off in areas of Poynton, Cheshire
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Image caption Firefighters carried a young child above the rising floodwaters in Poynton
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Image caption The road has been damaged in Bollington, Cheshire

Bollington in Cheshire was also affected by flooding. Lorna Hale, who lives there, praised the community spirit and said many locals had helped firefighters.

Aled Seago, who is curate of the parish church in Poynton, said the weather was “very intense, short bursts of rain”.

He added: “We just about saved our youth worker’s house but it was a close call – the water was about an inch away from his front door. Someone joked that we needed Noah.”

The rail line between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow, Cheshire, is currently blocked due to flooding and the A555 in Stockport, which has flooded for a second time in a week, will remain shut between the Woodford Oil Terminal and the A34.

The rail line between Skipton and Carlisle is expected to reopen later after it was blocked by a landslip.

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Image caption The flooding left damage in Poynton, Cheshire, where a major incident was declared
Image caption Rob Lomas, owner of Glebe Farm caravan park, said some of the vehicles were under water at one point

Floodwater was pumped out of Glebe Farm caravan park near Congleton. The water still got into shops and storage areas where dozens of caravans were parked.

Rob Lomas, the park owner, said: “Things were just floating around and some of the caravans were just well under the water – I’ve never seen it like this before.”

On Wednesday night passengers on East Midlands, Northern and TransPennine Express services faced delays, while Northern said services in Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria were badly hit.

It said it had not been possible to provide rail replacement services for all, due to the poor conditions of the roads and a lack of buses.

Police are warning drivers not to ignore road closure signs or attempt to drive through water.

Stockport Council tweeted there had been reports of drivers moving barriers that are in place to close the road at Bramhall Green roundabout.

Norbury Hall Primary School in Stockport, which had been due to act as a polling station for the Hazel Grove by-election, has been flooded. A mobile polling station has been set up at a nearby pub.

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Image caption The A555 in Stockport was closed in both directions because of flooding

Police in Wilmslow, Cheshire, said officers were “dealing with flooding” and had evacuated affected homes, with Oakenclough Children’s Centre open as a rest centre.

In Derbyshire, police said a number of properties had been flooded across the Peak District, particularly Buxton, Whaley Bridge and New Mills.

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