Congleton village shop floods 'up to thighs' as rain disrupts travel

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Media captionHeavy rain floods farm shop in Congleton

Heavy rain flooded a village farm shop, which has been forced to close, leaving the owners "absolutely gutted".

Lesley Lomas, of Glebe Farm in Astbury, Congleton, said overnight flood waters reached up to her husband's thighs.

The Met Office recorded half a month's rain fell in the region in 24 hours and roads were closed in the area and trains delayed due to the floods.

A flood warning was in place for south Cheshire for several hours before being lifted on Wednesday afternoon.

Virgin Trains and Cross Country said its services have resumed after a landslip earlier blocked the lines, with trains running at "reduced speeds" between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly earlier. Network Rail released photos of flooding on the track at Kidsgrove in Staffordshire.

Flooding closed the A34 between Astbury and Congleton and the Nantwich Show has had to be cancelled because of the heavy rain.

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Image caption Lesley Lomas said her business will have to remain closed for at least a few days

Organisers said the ground had become too dangerous for vehicles and the forecast did not offer any hope of an improvement.

Mrs Lomas said she noticed Glebe Farm was flooded after waking up at 05:00 BST and said she has "never seen anything like it".

"We can't believe how much water there is here," she said, estimating the flood water is up to four feet (1.2m) deep but could rise because it is still "absolutely chucking it down".

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Image caption Flooding on the tracks at Kidsgrove has caused disruption for rail passengers

There was heavy rain in the region over the weekend and on Monday and Mrs Lomas said the ground "just can't take" the sustained downpour.

Congleton Police tweeted a photo of the River Dane urging people to stay away from any unprotected river banks due to the high levels of fast-flowing water.

Joe Porter, councillor for Brown Edge and Endon in Staffordshire Moorlands, also tweeted a photo of flooding in Endon and warned people to take care.

The Environment Agency said it is closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels in the area and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning.

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Image caption Congleton Police warned people about the high levels water in the River Dane
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Image caption Councillor Joe Porter tweeted this photo of flash flooding in the village of Endon

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