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Flooding spreads across St Helens
5:30pm Monday 24th September 2012 in News
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- Torrential downpours have led to flooding across St Helens.
- Contact newsroom on 01744 762766 or email email@example.com if you have been seriously affected by floods.
- Fire crews use boat to rescue people from homes on Blackbrook Road after Sankey Canal burst its banks.
- Watery Lane, Sutton, among the areas worst hit.
- St Helens Council confirms series of road closures
- Fire crews push car of man (70) and woman (60) to safety after engine cuts out trying to drive through Peasley Cross flooding blackspot
- Environment Agency urges people to report flooding to 0845 988 1188
- Follow our live blog here, featuring news of latest areas to be hit. Join in via twitter by using the hashtag #sthelensfloods
Latest roads information via St Helens Council.
Traffic at Blackbrook Road and West End Road, in St Helens, is now running smoothly and water levels are contained.
College Street remains shut and water levels are still rising. Islands Brow and Merton Bank Road are also still closed as water levels are rising here.
Peasley Cross Lane was opened up after the peak rush hour this morning but is being monitored throughout the day.
Burrows Lane is still closed and the water level is still high though cars can use an adjacent service road.
Watery Lane is now passable but there is still a lot of water coming off adjacent land and this is also being kept under review. Smock Lane re-opened yesterday.
The Met Office has confirmed to the Star they believe more than one month’s worth of rainfall has fallen in St Helens inside 36 hours.
A spokeswoman confirmed 77.4millimetres (more than three inches) of rain has accumulated at Crosby, the nearest weather station to the borough, since the early hours of Monday.
An average of 72.3mm would fall in September.
An amber weather warning remains in place for St Helens, where between 20 and 50mm is expected to fall today.
However, there should be some respite from the deluge in the coming days.
A Met Office spokeswoman added: “There is still a warning in place but gradually it is going to be an improving picture over the next couple of days.”
Nevertheless, a yellow warning is expected to be in place for Wednesday, when between 20mm and 40mm of rain is forecast.
If this rain carries on for much longer St. Helens will be renamed New Atlantis #floods everywhere— @Pgraves1878 25 September 2012
New flood warnings have been issued across St Helens.
Warnings are now in force for:
- Rainford Brook at Moss Bank. Land and property at Berringtons Lane, between Gray House farm and the brook, and also Windle Park Wood and some properties on Woodside Avenue and Birch Tree Avenue.
- Sutton Mill Brook at Sutton Leach. At risk are land and property on Landsdowne Court, parts of Waterdale Crescent, Boscow Crecent, Dawsone Avenue and Gerrards Lanes. Also at risk is land alongside Sutton Mill Brook from Waterdale Crescent to Damhouse Bridge, Sutton Mill Dam.
- Sutton Brook at Moss Nook. Flooding is expected to put areas at risk including at St Cuthbert’s School, Berrys Lane, Watery Lane, Portland Way and Moss Nook.
- Rainford Brook at Rainford North. Flooding is expected to areas at risk including land and properties at Siding Lane, Lords Fold and Lower Shades. Also at risk are some properties in Beech Gardens.
- Rainford Brook at Rainford South. Flooding is expected to put land and property at Pasture Lane Business Centre, Pasture Lane bridge (Lesser) and Millbrook Business Centre.
RT @VickyHall33: Just saw this pic of Langtree park on FB!!! #flooded, will have to have a look when driving to work 😁 http://t.co/6zANMyGM— @jessperrin 25 September 2012
The bowling green at Ruskin @sthelensstar http://t.co/diaeKY7G— @ruskinsthelens 25 September 2012
Fire service confirms 10 people, including two elderly women and a man, were taken to safety on inflatable rafts by firefighters after flooding near their homes in Blackbrook on Monday.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called to Blackbrook Road, St Helens, on Monday afternoon after water flowed over a nearby brook’s banks following heavy rain.
Around one foot of water had accumulated near properties in the road.
The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Search and Rescue Team used an inflatable boat to take the people along with a cat and a dog to safety.
The flooding had affected the junction of Blackbrook Road and West End Road, not far from the Ship Inn.
Station Manager Steve Pratt, the officer commanding the incident, said: “There were people who needed our help after flood water entered the ground floor of a number of properties in Blackbrook Road.
"Our firefighters and the Search and Rescue Team train to deal with this type of situation and put safe systems in place to ensure people were brought to safety.
“I requested the Search and Rescue Team to use their rigid inflatable boats to effect the rescue. The people were brought to dry land and safety.
"They were handed over to the local authority to take them to other properties.
“The co-operation between ourselves and the local authority worked really well.
“Outside the properties, the water was up to a foot deep. There was also a concern of a gas leak in the area as there was a smell of gas. We requested that National Grid attended.”
There were no reports of any injuries.
The rescues were completed by around 7.30pm.
An appliance from St Helens, Community Fire Station, one from Eccleston Community Fire Station and the Search and Rescue Team attended the call-out.
Flood update - via St Helens Council - with confirmation of road closures.
Some roads in St Helens have reopened following yesterday’s heavy rain, but others have closed.
Latest information confirms:
- Blackbrook Road: Now open
- West End Road: Now open College Street: Closed – diversion in place.
- Islands Brow: Closed due to flooding in Merton Bank Road
- Peasley Cross Lane: Water levels have gone down, but road still closed and diversion in place.
- Burrows Lane, Eccleston: Closed – but adjacent service road can be used.
- Watery Lane: Closed.
Another dramatic image of the flooding near the Ship Inn at Blackbrook sent to us by a Star reader.
AFTER prolonged torrential rain caused widespread flooding throughout St Helens yesterday there is a new amber weather warning of more downpours and high winds for the town today.
The Met Office predicts that there wlll be new outbreaks of rain continuing throughout the day, persistent and heavy in places. Winds may be relatively light at first, but will pick up through the afternoon and evening.
Temperatures willl struggle to reach 12°C, well below the seasonal average.
And for tonight more heavy rain is predicted but becoming drier later in the night, with a chance of showers.
Staying windy. Minimum temperature 7 °C.
Any flooding stories, pictures or video contact our newsroom tomorrow by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone newsdesk 01744 762766— @sthelensstar 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar @stephenmather2 @akilmurray well done on your coverage of the floods today. Better than met office :-)— @KifferLamb 24 September 2012
Wow The Ship in Blackbrook just made national news! #sthelensfloods— @vickistockman 24 September 2012
#sthelensfloods just been on BBC news - not been washed away have you my home town tweeps???— @Geoggy11 24 September 2012
RT @jane_gorst9887: The Brook at the back of De La Salle school..... usually about 2m wide! @sthelensstar http://t.co/smInymlM— @Ruthi389 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar just at carr mill dam overflow now, sounds like a 747 taking off. Never seen it as bad, frightening— @PaulCBRxx 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar i live on the estate at watery lane. Red alert from environment agency and not a sandbag in sight #pleasedontrain— @michelleb_74 24 September 2012
BBC national news flooding reports leads with footage from Blackbrook where Sankey Canal burst its banks— @akilmurray 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar Great blog! Stay #floodaware and report any flooding to 0845 988 1188. 15 min updates at http://t.co/jIUIhmYP #nwflood— @EnvAgencyNW 24 September 2012
Environment Agency issue red flod alert for Sutton Brook at Moss Nook
Location: Areas at risk include land and properties at St Cuthberts school, Berrys Lane, Watery Lane, Portland Way and The Moss Nook
Environment Agency issue red flood warning for Sutton Mill Brook at Sutton Leach.
Areas at risk include land and property on landsdowne Court, parts of Waterdale Crescent, Boscow Crescent, Dawsone Avenue, and Gerrards Lane. Alse at risk, land alongside Sutton Mill Brook from Waterdale Crescent to Damhouse Bridge, Sutton Mill Dam
Drivers are being urged to take extreme care on other routes in the borough, including:
- Linkway East
- Watery Lane
- Traverse Entry in Bold
- Higher Lane in Rainford
- Rainford Road, Billinge through to Crank where water is cascading down from fields.
St Helens Council confirms road closures include:
- West End Road at the junction with Blackbrook Road
- Blackbrook Road from Chain Lane to Vicarage Road
- College Street is closed from Standish Street to Haresfinch View
- Peasley Cross Lane
Firefighters used a boat to rescue people from their homes after a canal burst its banks and flooded a road following heavy rain.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 4.23pm to Blackbrook Road, St Helens, on Monday September 24.
The Search and Rescue Team used an inflatable boat to take people to safety.
The flooding has affected the junction of Blackbrook Road and West End Road, Blackbrook near to the Ship In.
@sthelensstar this is willow park N-le-W http://t.co/XIjIizOz— @fylo590 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar this is watery lane http://t.co/CP8Gy327— @dpa2807 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar lorry lost its load under the bridge on Haresfinch road - closed compounding the flood traffic issues. http://t.co/P8jj0SQV— @screwtinizer 24 September 2012
Watery lane in sutton is really bad. Houses flooded on the junction of berrys lane. @sthelensstar http://t.co/upwJ9nVx— @michelleb_74 24 September 2012
@stephenmather2 @sthelensstar Laffak Road http://t.co/WQiC6tDk— @DavidRudden 24 September 2012
@stephenmather2 @sthelensstar Major flooding in parts of Rainford.— @DWiggo 24 September 2012
Confirmation that car passengers had to be rescued from near Peasley Cross Lane bridge earlier today.
Firefighters pushed a car to safety containing a 70-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman after its engine stopped in flooding at the notorious Peasley Cross blackspot.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 2.35pm on Monday, September 24 to Peasley Cross Lane, St Helens.
Firefighters wearing water rescue kit entered the water and pushed the car containing the man and woman to safety.
A paramedic also attended and checked the two occupants of the car, who appeared to be uninjured.
Watch Manager Jim Brammeier, who is with Red Watch at St Helens Community Fire Station and attended the call-out, said: “The water was around three feet deep
Firefighters wearing water rescue kit managed to move the car to safety and the occupants were unharmed.”
Two appliances from St Helens Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
Firefighters also helped divert flood water to drains after a garden became flooded.
@akilmurray Burrows Lane between Bobbies Lane and Gillars Green is v bad if you've not got that one already mate! #sthelensfloods— @CatieJane 24 September 2012
RT @stephenmather2: One driver stuck in traffic said it could take an hour to get up Chain Lane to the Lancs @sthelensstar— @sthelensstar 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar this is Sankey Vallley http://t.co/KEOnQWNf— @colletterob 24 September 2012
Below...firefighters pump away floodwaters in Blackbrook, near the Ship Inn.
A St Helens Council statement read: "Due to severe flooding West End Road, and Blackbrook Road in St Helens have now been closed. Diversions will be in operation.
"The Sankey Canal has burst its banks in that area of the borough."
@sthelensstar the rain is also causing issues with traffic now just had word that Hinkley road is backed up due to diversions— @DrDogbert 24 September 2012
@sthelensstar ship inn were there is now reports of a gas leak as well and the road is closed http://t.co/RMthbFE2— @Liam_jft96 24 September 2012
St Helens Council statement: "Due to severe flooding West End Road, and Blackbrook Road in St Helens have now been closed. Diversions will be in operation. "The Sankey Canal has burst its banks in that area of the borough."
Witnesses reporting serious flooding near the Ship Inn at Blackbrook . Fire crews pumping out water to try to relieve the problem. Road closures would appear to be imminent.
Police appear to have closed the road near the bridge where College Street meets Haresfinch Road.
Sandbags are also being deployed to West End Road, near Blackbrook where the Sankey Canal has burst its banks and water is up to some doorsteps.
RT @sthelensstar: Floods reported at Peasley Cross Lane, West End Road (Blackbrook), Watery Lane (Sutton) (From St Helens Star) http://t ...— @whatsonsthelens 24 September 2012
The Environment Agency are involved and a helpline number issued – 08459881188.
Other places affected by the downpours include a brook in Watery Lane, Sutton which has burst its banks. The area has been closed and sandbags issued to residents.
Motorists are ignoring electronic warning signs at a notorious flooding blackspot – raising fears they will become marooned under a bridge.
As torrential rain continues across St Helens this evening, the council urged people to people to avoid using Peasley Cross Lane as water fills up under the bridge.
Despite electronic warning signs being activated, motorists are continuing to use the route – leading to fears that vehicles will become stuck, causing even more severe delays.
Last month a woman had to be rescued from a car after becoming stranded beneath the bridge.