Vehicles trapped as major flooding hits Horwich (Bolton)

A emergency services response is currently ongoing in the Horwich area of Bolton following an intense downpour this afternoon.
>Posted 19:30pm on Sunday 16th May 2021
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.
Photo below by Nicola Crompton

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.

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Whilst the storm is currently fading out, many roads in the area still remain impassable.

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