Northwich town centre flooding subsides

Image caption Sandbags remain in place in Northwich town centre

Flooding has subsided in Northwich in Cheshire after the River Weaver burst its banks.

Sandbags remain in place along London Road, where water levels rose dramatically on Wednesday afternoon.

Flood warnings remain in place for the town and also for areas around Warrington, Horwich and Worsley.

The Environment Agency said it had been "a really challenging 48 hours" but added there was drier weather forecast for Thursday.

On Wednesday, a Northwich resident who called BBC Radio Manchester said the river was "right up over what was the footways along the side of the river".

He said water levels were coming up towards some apartments on the bank of the canal and the river.

The Environment Agency said river levels in Northwich had now peaked but the river level was expected to remain high.

A flood alert remains in place for the Weaver catchment, which includes the Weaver, Ducklow and Wheelock rivers and their tributaries.

London Road remains closed between the Watling Street junction and the Chester Way junction.

In Warrington, flood warnings are in place for the area around Sankey Brook at Dallam.

The Environment Agency has also issued warnings for Worsley Business Park and at Borsdane Brook in Hindley; Westleigh Brook at Firs Lane, Leigh; Astley Brook at Astley and in the Middle River Mersey catchment around Poynton Brooks, Stretford and Cheadle.

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