The incident occurred following approximately 2.5 inches of rain that fell within the space of an hour between 5 and 6pm this evening. The storm also brought hail and frequent thunder for a short period.
Severe flash flooding in Horwich area is causing numerous closures:
*A673 Chorley New Rd CLOSED from Ainsworth Ave to The Beehive Rbt
*A6027 DeHavilland Way CLOSED from Middlebrook Rbt to Beehive Rbt – heavily congested – AVOID!
Some minor/estate roads impassable too. pic.twitter.com/4YJZ2bfswM
— MancTraffic (@manctraffic) May 16, 2021
We have received several reports of flash flooding in Horwich, Lancashire.
@LancashireFRS and @manchesterfire are on scene and dealing with stranded persons.
We are on StandBy to assist if required by 999 services. pic.twitter.com/KvT51jSbBR
— North West 4×4 Response (@NW4x4R) May 16, 2021
Whilst the storm is currently fading out, many roads in the area still remain impassable.
Keep track of this storm and others on the live lightning tracker page.