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Severe weather in Cheshire and Merseyside

  • 9-25-2012

More than 50 people have been moved from their homes on Merseyside after heavy rainfall.

Forty homes were evacuated in Fouracres, Maghull, on Monday night when firefighters were called to clear rising water.

In St Helens, the River Sankey bust its banks and firefighters using inflatable rafts helped move 10 residents of Blackbrook Road to safety.

Some rail services have been affected by the flooding.

Services have been suspended on Merseyrail between Rock Ferry and Chester, and between Rock Ferry and Ellesmere Port due to flooding at Hooton.

There are also delays on trains between Chester and Shrewsbury and between Bidston and Wrexham.

Arriva Trains Wales has suspended services between the city and Crewe, and Virgin Trains services on the same route have been delayed.

A replacement bus service is running on Arriva Trains Wales between Bidston and Wrexham Central.

Merseyside Fire Service spokesman Steve Pratt said the 10 people rescued in St Helens included two elderly women and a man, and a cat and a dog.

He said everyone had been "brought to dry land" by about 19:30 BST and there were no injuries.

The flooding had affected the junction of Blackbrook Road and Westend Road, not far from the Ship Inn.

The people who were moved from their homes in Maghull are being helped to find temporary accommodation by Sefton Council.

On Monday night, a man and a woman had to be rescued by firefighters after their cars were stuck in floods in Cheshire.

The man was rescued from the roof of his car by two firefighters in Little Stanney Lane, Stoak, near Chester, after his car became submerged in 3ft of water.

In Guilden Sutton, fire crews pulled a woman to safety after flood waters had reached the height of her car boot.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for areas of Ellesmere Port and St Helens.

The warnings cover Rivacre Brook in Great Sutton, Sutton Brook in Sutton Leach and Rainford Brook in Rainford. An agency spokesman said nearby properties were "at risk".

Cheshire Fire Service said it received reports of flooding from residents in Chester, Eccleston, Norbury, Little Sutton, Ledsham, Capenhurst, Guilden Sutton, Saughall, Winsford, Hooton, Lower Kinnerton, Neston, Warrington, Blacon, Mickle Trafford, Ellesmere Port and Lache.

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