Storm brings flood misery
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