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Dinghy rescue after flood in Wigan street

Category: England

Published: 22nd Jun 2012 19:25:41

Residents on a flooded street in Greater Manchester have had to be rescued from their homes by dinghy.

Firefighters used the inflatable boat to ferry three people from their properties after heavy rainfall clogged drains in Beresford Street in Wigan.

About 20 people had to leave their properties due to the flooding.

It is thought the problem was caused when a drain under the Leeds-Liverpool canal became overwhelmed with water. Nearby Gorman Street was also affected.

Residents there were forced to use sandbags to attempt to prevent water entering their homes.

Paul Duggan, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said firefighters were working to clear the floodwater from the area.

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