Flooding in Wilmslow, Poynton, and Bollington

Emergency services have confirmed that the localised flooding affecting parts of East Cheshire has largely subsided.

The flash flooding caused major issues in the Wilmslow, Poynton and Bollington areas.

The incident affected a number of properties and resulted in a number of roads closures through the local area. 

Oakenclough Children's Centre was opened as a rest centre for those affected by the flododing but thankfully there were no reports of any casualties.

The majority roads have now reopened, including the A34 Alderley Edge Bypass, although motorists are advised to drive with care as there is still a large amount of surface water in the area.

The following roads remain closed at this time:

· Styal Road, Wilmslow – closed in both directions

· Bonis Hall Lane, Poynton – closed in both directions

· Flash Lane, Astbury – closed in both directions

· Fol Hollow, Congleton – closed in both directions

· Mill Lane, Adlington - closed in both directions

· Moggie Lane, Higher Poynton – closed in both directions due to collapse of the bridge at the junction with Narrow Lane

· Hully Road, Macclesfield – closed in both directions due to flooding between Charter Way and Dover Road

· Skellorn Green Lane, Adlington – closed due to flooding at the junction with Street Lane and Cawley Lane

A number of other minor roads also remain closed and motorists are reminded to abide by all road closure signs.

Officers are also asking motorist who had were forced to abandon their vehicles yesterday to arrange collection as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Highways said "Overnight, we have responded to over 150 highways-related flooding calls and today we will be inspecting our roads, clearing any debris & responding to further requests for assistance. "

The emergency refuge centres in Handforth and Poynton have now closed.

Residents with any issues can call the Cheshire East emergency helpline on 0300 123 5020 or 0300 123 5025.

Photos: A555 at Handforth taken 1st August.

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Steven Mccrory
Tuesday 6th August 2019 at 3:47 pm
Like most things that happen in this Country one of the richest in the World we are inept at dealing with any major incidents. Call them acts of God, Global warming, freak storms, whatever a new bypass and modern Roads should not be closed due to flooding. It is again down to poor planning, cheaper construction options, and a sheer lack of all the drains being cleaned like in the former years. You seldom now see drains being cleaned, rivers and canal being made deeper and cleaned, it's all down to money and it is as simple as that.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 6th August 2019 at 5:49 pm
Agreed. Poorly designed new roads. This weather is not unprecedented and can easily happen again.
John Tomlinson
Wednesday 7th August 2019 at 7:06 pm
Imagine for a moment that this water was not collecting on an A-road, but in a nuclear power station where it threatened to disable critical safety systems.

We would expect the designers to make extra efforts to prevent that happening. The pump capacity would be chosen to exceed the requirements. There would be a second pump, equally capable of keeping the water down, powered by a source of energy independent of that which drives the first pump – a diesel generator perhaps.

There would be multiple sensors to detect the rising water, and once it got above some (low) threshold, alarms – both audible and flashing lights in the control room – would be triggered. If the operators failed to respond to those warnings, there would be systems that would automatically shut the reactor down.

The plant operator does not want the power station shut down – so periodic checks that the alarms will work are set up, that the pumps are working properly and that the diesel generator will start up when called upon to do so.

All of this will cost money – capital for building the extra systems, and revenue for the labour of checking them.

But if you want to be very sure this part of the plant never gets flooded, you can achieve that. It just depends how much you want that assurance.

It seems that in specifying the pumping arrangements on the bypass, Cheshire East Council wasn’t very concerned to avoid floods.

As the Highways authority, CEC is acting as the agent for all road users – it is the Council’s duty to see that the right equipment is specified, the plant supplied is fit for purpose, the construction contractors are competent and an appropriate maintenance regime is put in place – and followed.
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 8th August 2019 at 9:05 pm
I applaud all these comments
Failing to maintain infrastructure and seeing vast tracts of the Cheshire floidplsin tarmaced over by greedy and unscrupulous developers all nodded through by the same council but then they can blame and shame us and attrinute it to man made climate change when things go wrong

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