Man's selfless gesture to families hit by flooding

By Abigail Nicholson

People were left 'amazed' after a business owner offered to help those affected by torrential rain and flooding.

Wirral Carpet Cleaning LTD in Prenton took to social media after seeing the damage left behind by torrential rain in Merseyside.

The business has offered to remove water from the homes affected by flooding, free of charge.

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The post said: "With some of videos I have seen this evening of the flooding on the Wirral we would like to offer our services free of charge.

"We really do hope that water has not got into anyone's homes but if it has we have the equipment to quickly remove it.

"If your home has been affected please drop us a message. We may be able to help some people tomorrow.

"Take care. Simon."

A motorist driving through the flooded Great Homer Street (Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

People took to the comments of the post to express their thanks and gratitude for the offer.

Katie Capper said: "That is amazing!!! Well done on your fantastic generosity."

Katarzyna Drazyk said: "People in this country are great, they help each other selflessly in all difficult situations, it is simply beautiful! I am glad that I can live in a country, where people are so kind to each other and help each other and have such big hearts!"

Sarah Jane said: "We’ve just passed to our friends whose basement is flooded … fire brigade are pumping it out now …. not sure how damaged it is … amazing what you are doing."

Merseyside was hit with torrential rain, thunderstorms and flooding on Thursday, September 9 after a yellow weather warning was put in place by The Met Office.

The adverse weather led to roads being closed, houses and supermarkets flooding and one person even taking to a kayak in the street.

A man using a kayak near Green Lane, Wirral (Submitted)

Merseyrail suffered serious disruption after flooding hit its Chester, Ellesmere Port, New Brighton and West Kirby lines.

Due to flooding between Hamilton Square and Birkenhead North and also Green Lane, rail replacement buses were put in place for passengers.

Flooding also saw two lanes of the M53 southbound between junction three, Birkenhead, and junction four, Clatterbridge closed to traffic.

This was reopened a short time later once standing water was removed.

A video caught by ECHO reader, Adam Siddorn, showed Sainsbury's in Prenton was flooded with water.

Another piece of footage caught by an ECHO reader showed a man taking to a kayak by Laird's in Wirral.

The Met Office has since has now warned of further thunderstorms in Merseyside tonight.

They said: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue affect the area through this evening before slow decaying towards midnight.

"Whilst many areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are likely in a few places.

"Where these occur, there is potential for 20 to 30 mm of rain in less than an hour and up to 40 mm in two hours.

"This will have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area."

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