Warning over River Douglas

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WIGAN has been on put on flood alert after heavy downpours hit the borough.

The Environment Agency has issued the announcement to residents for the upper River Douglas area, which covers parts of Wigan, Standish, Gathurst and Appley Bridge.

High water levels in the River Douglas behind Martland Mill due to the heavy rain and (below) a car struggles at Asda, Robin Park

High water levels in the River Douglas behind Martland Mill due to the heavy rain and (below) a car struggles at Asda, Robin Park

The alert refers to the possibility of the Douglas bursting its banks and is third in the warning scale, behind flood warning and severe flood warning.

Meanwhile, motorists and residents have been severely hit by the torrential rain.

Drivers have been stuck in long tailbacks in Wigan town centre; traffic in other parts of the borough has been slow moving as some parts of the road have been flooded elsewhere and the drains near the roundabout outside the Robin Park Asda store have once again proved incapable of coping.

The fire service has also received numerous calls from distressed residents after around 14 homes in Beresford Street and Gorman Street, in Springfield, were waist-high in water after a drain underneath the Leeds-Liverpool canal appeared to have been overwhelmed from the volume of rain.

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