Main road outside Leighton Hospital closed due to flooding



A road outside one of the area’s main hospitals is closed due to flooding this morning as Storm Christoph moves in.

Smithy Lane outside Crewe’s Leighton Hospital is shut between A530 Middlewich Road and B5076 Bradfield Road.

It has been closed since around 10.40am.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain is in place until 12 noon on Thursday (January 21).

There is predicted to be long ‘spells of prolonged and heavy rain’ that could potentially lead to disruption across a large part of the country.

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Cheshire East Council say they are ensuring that access to the hospital is maintained.

A spokesman said: “Smithy Lane, Leighton, is currently flooded due to the heavy rainfall.

“Please avoid this area where possible, we are in attendance & are ensuring access to the hospital is maintained. We’re attending several reports of flooding across Cheshire East.

“Please drive with extra care.”

Traffic monitoring company Inrix reports: “Smithy Lane closed due to flooding between A530 Middlewich Road and B5076 Bradfield Road.

“Access to the hospital will still be maintained.”

A statement from the Met Office on the yellow warning reads: “Several days of persistent and occasional heavy rain are expected to affect the region.

“The heaviest and most persistent rain is likely to be across Wales and the high ground of northern England (Pennines).

“By early Thursday, 30-60 mm of rain is expected to fall widely across the warning area, with 100-150 mm over the high ground of Wales and northern England.

“Up to 200 mm is possible across parts of north Wales. Melting snow across higher parts of the Pennines may exacerbate the potential for flooding.

“Strong winds will also accompany the rainfall and may add to travelling difficulties across areas higher and more exposed routes.”





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