Cheshire flooding causes train disruption and A533 road closure

A main road was closed and trains suspended in Cheshire because of flooding.

Virgin and Arriva Trains Wales are running replacement buses between Chester and Crewe.

The A533 Runcorn Road in Whitley was been closed in both directions at the Tall Trees junction.

Cheshire Police said water was up to 4ft (1.2m) high and some vehicles became stuck in water. They have now been recovered.

Diversions on the road, also known as Dutton Hollow, are in place.

A police spokesman said: "Our advice is if drivers don't know how deep water is then don't drive through it as it might not be safe."

The road has now been reopened.

Meanwhile, firefighters dealt with flooding in Merseyside on Saturday.

A water main fractured on Parkvale Avenue in Prenton, Wirral and was affecting the road.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the water was up to 50cms (1.6ft) high at its deepest.

Forecasters are warning of serious flooding across many parts of the UK as rising temperatures cause snow to thaw and rain moves in.

Fifty-nine flood warnings and 298 alerts are in place in England, including the north west and Wales.

Train services between Chester and Crewe have been suspended because of flooding. It is affecting Virgin and Arriva train Wales services.

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