Drivers and vehicles rescued from floods

Flooding at Asda, Robin Park
Flooding at Asda, Robin Park

MOTORISTS needed rescuing after they became stranded in high flood waters around one of Wigan’s biggest retail parks.

A car and an ambulance had to be pulled to safety by fire crews on the entrance road to the Asda superstore and the Robin Park estate on Boxing Day.

Two vehicles also became stuck when the area outside the town’s B&Q store was engulfed by the rising waters.

Both the DIY superstore and the supermarket are shut as areas around the shops are underwater, with a picture taken by Twitter user @koconnor1963 showing just how high the flood water has risen at the Asda entrance roundabout.

Fire crews have been out and about across the borough manning road closures, advising motorists and helping residents as flooding from heavy rainfall causes problems all over Wigan and Leigh.

Residents have been advised the deluge may not be over yet as more rain is forecast and downpours elsewhere could still affect Wigan due to where the water flows.

Firefighters have also reminded Wiganers to be patient on the roads due to the difficult driving conditions and said the decision to close streets was not taken lightly but only if they became dangerous or impassable.

Crew manager Simon Connor from Wigan fire station said: “A car and an ambulance got stuck in water at the Robin Park entrance to Asda. The supermarket has severe flooding at the back and its loading areas are underwater.

“We’ve also had to shut B&Q due to the vehicles blocking the road. We’ve been out all morning and areas of Wigan and Hindley are quite badly affected.

“Wigan Council and the other authorities are monitoring the rivers to see if they will carry on rising or if it’s going to start subsiding. It will depend on the rainfall not only here but in other catchment areas from where water flows into us.

“It is very frustrating for drivers at the moment but the decision to close roads is only taken for safety reasons and I hope people will appreciate that.”