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WIGAN is under water yet again following torrential downpours.

Rail journeys have been cancelled and flooded roads reported throughout the borough with particular problems in the Ladysmith Avenue, York Street and Princess Road areas of Ashton where driving conditions are treacherous.

Residents of flooded Ladysmith Avenue, Ashton and (below) high water levels at Asda in Wigan

Residents of flooded Ladysmith Avenue, Ashton and (below) high water levels at Asda in Wigan

And up to 100mm of rain is expected across the North West region in the next 24 hours.

Flood alerts have also been issued for Parbold, The River Glaze near Leigh and two stretches of the River Douglas through Wigan.

Coun Ann Rampling said: “We’re having regular meetings with United Utilities to help reduce floods but no matter what we say, Ashton has flooded again. They have spent millions on the area but we’re still having trouble.

“I go out every time it rains to check for signs of flooding but we need to get the message across that this problem is still occurring and we need them on board to fix it. Sometimes it’s just a nightmare in the borough.”

Marooned - a motorist forced to abandon his car in deep waters near Wigan Asda

Marooned - a motorist forced to abandon his car in deep waters near Wigan Asda

Joan Jones from Ladysmith Avenue said: “The water’s all across the road and it’s a good few inches deep. When the cars drive through it’s like a fountain coming up. Everybody who lives here has been affected. It only needs a normal shower for it to flood here and it’s not stopped now for 24 hours.

“This has been going on for years and I’ve been reporting it and reporting it. Whether it’s a problem with the grids or the roads I don’t know, but people keep coming to clean the grids, I think it must be more than that.”

A United Utilities spokesman said the Ashton problems were a matter for highway drainage.

And Coun Nigel Ash confirmed that the council was redoing the drainage system around that area and the situation was being addressed.

Rush hour commuters have also been affected - Northern Rail services suspended between Wigan Wallgate and Southport due to flooding in Parbold.

A Wigan Council spokesman said: “We are carefully monitoring the rain situation and are having teleconferences with the North West planning groups and Environment Agency.

“Our vehicles are going out to areas where there is a lot of surface water and there are contingencies in place. Ultimately, responsibility for addressing problems lies with United Utilities and the Canal and River Trust.”