Storm brings flood misery

Macclesfield Express - - LIGHTNING SPECIAL - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

BUSI­NESSES and home­own­ers have been left count­ing the cost af­ter flash flood­ing caused ma­jor prob­lems in Poyn­ton.

Res­i­dents had to be evac­u­ated from their homes fol­low­ing the heavy rain on Fri­day af­ter­noon which caused the brook run­ning from Poyn­ton Lake to burst its banks, re­sult­ing in flood wa­ters up to eight inches deep.

There are no re­ports of ca­su­al­ties, but emer­gency refuge cen­tres were set up at Poyn­ton Leisure Cen­tre and Adling­ton Vil­lage Hall for those af­fected by the flood­ing.

Vol­un­teers from the Bri­tish Red Cross, Sal­va­tion Army and the lo­cal Ro­tary Club, also lent sup­port dur­ing a ma­jor response oper­a­tion by Cheshire East Coun­cil.

Among the busi­nesses af­fected was Brook­side Gar­den cen­tre on Lon­don Road North in Poyn­ton.

Video footage cap­tured on the day shows flood wa­ter surg­ing through the build­ing sub­merg­ing fur­ni­ture.

The force of the floods tore up tar­mac and left flot­sam, silt and soil all over the cen­tre.

Jon Par­rott, 49, who owns the Fish Room at the gar­den cen­tre and up­loaded the clip, told the Ex­press on Sun­day: “The flood­ing hap­pened very quickly and the de­ci­sion to evac­u­ate the site was made to en­sure cus­tomer and staff safety when I took the video.

“Dam­age to stock is still be­ing as­sessed by the cen­tre staff, who have done an amaz­ing job work­ing to as­sist with the clear up and sub­ject to a site safety in­spec­tion to­mor­row, are en­deav­our­ing to re­open our doors to the public.”

Brook House Farm PreSchool, on Park Lane, was also badly af­fected and has had to tem­po­rar­ily close.

Nearly 20 fire en­gines were de­ployed to in­ci­dents across the region af­ter the tor­ren­tial down­pours.

Cheshire East Coun­cil teams have been since been in­volved in a ma­jor clear up oper­a­tion clear­ing gul­leys, fill­ing sand­bags and dis­tribut­ing 400 sand­bags. In­spec­tions of all af­fected roads and foot­bridges will con­tinue for sev­eral days.

Cheshire East Coun­cil leader Rachel Bai­ley said: “These were ex­treme weather con­di­tions and I would like to thank the peo­ple of the bor­ough for their pa­tience, un­der­stand­ing and re­silience as our high­ways teams and the emer­gency ser­vices dealt with an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing event.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion, adopt­ing a multi-agency ap­proach to the flood-risk man­age­ment of the Poyn­ton area in par­tic­u­lar in view of the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by many res­i­dents in and around the town.

“Roads, rivers, cul­verts, foot­ways and public foot­paths will all be checked over the next few days for any signs of flood dam­age.

“I would also like to thank the Coun­cil staff who put in very long hours to tackle flash flood­ing prob­lems around the bor­ough.”

Any­one need­ing as­sis­tance can con­tact the Coun­cil’s helpline on 0300 123 5025.

●● Flood­ing in Poyn­ton ran up to eight inches deep in places

●● The flood­ing caused ma­jor prob­lems in Poyn­ton

●● Poyn­ton fire­fight­ers had tackle flood wa­ters at their own sta­tion

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