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Torrential rain causes floods across Merseyside

  • 7-20-2010

Torrential rain is causing problems for motorists and residents across Merseyside.

The Met Office said 14mm (0.5in) of rain fell in one hour in Liverpool. More rain is expected overnight.

Many main roads in Liverpool are flooded. Several have been closed, including Aigburth Road, Queen's Drive and East Prescot Road.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it had received about 150 calls from 1300 to 1630 BST.

A spokeswoman said crews were only able to turn out if the flooding was affecting electrics or if there was a danger to life.

'Working flat out'

Liverpool City Council said about 50 roads were affected and that it had been "working flat out to try to alleviate the situation".

Vicky Feeney, who lives in Deysbrook Lane in West Derby, Liverpool, said the flooding had become so bad on her road waves were striking her property.

"I want to ask drivers to be extra careful, the water is getting so high it is actually hitting the sides of our homes and causing damage.

"I have even had to resort to putting wheelie bins out on the road in the water to show drivers how deep it is.

"They don't realise and end up skidding all over the place."

The fire service has been in West Derby since 1400 BST.

Watch manager Steve Gadsdon said the water seemed to be gradually subsiding, as the rain has stopped for the time being.

He said a big clean-up would be needed as much of the water had mixed with sewage.

Public transport has also been affected, Merseytravel has said.

Bus services are delayed and some trains are being replaced with buses.

Liverpool council also advised residents to avoid parks in the city as many are flooded.

Motorists in Wirral have been advised to avoid The Rake in Bromborough, which has also been closed.

Hosepipe ban continues

The River Tawd has burst its banks in Skelmersdale, west Lancashire, affecting roads and public transport in the area.

North-west England is currently subject to a hosepipe ban, following the driest start to the year in decades.

But water supplier United Utilities said there were no plans to lift the ban, despite torrential downpours.

John Butcher, regional suppliers manager, said: "We have had six months of below average rainfall and just one week of rain is never going to be enough to make the difference up.

"We wouldn't want to see the intensity of rainfall we have got now as it is giving us problems, but we need two or three weeks more rain before we can look at whether the hosepipe ban is still on or not."

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