FLOODS are affecting travel throughout Warrington, with roads flooded and train services cancelled amid the heavy rain and thunderstorm.

The town centre has been badly hit, with all trains cancelled from Warrington Bank Quay station until further notice.

Disruption is set to continue until the end of the day according to National Rail.

Buses are running between Wigan and Warrington and Crewe and Warrington.

Firefighters were also dispatched to Birchwood after a house was hit and damaged by lightning this afternoon, Wednesday.

Readers have shared pictures and videos of roads affected by the torrential rain.

Among the roads badly hit are Buttermarket Street, Mersey Street, Wilson Patten Street and Church Street.

A spokesperson for Avanti West Coast said: ''Flooding at Warrington Bank Quay means that trains are currently unable to call at the station.

''We anticipate disruption will continue until 17:45.

''You may use your tickets on East Midlands Railway and Northern services between Liverpool Lime Street and Mancheter Piccadilly via Warrington Central.''

Meanwhile, firefighters were called out after a house was flooded in Fairfield.

One fire engine from Penketh Fire Station was sent to Algernon Street at 2.30pm, with the crew finding flood water around eight inches deep on arrival.

Firefighters isolated the electrics at the address and were able to clear the majority of the flood water using a specialist pump.

The crew was detained at the address for around one hour.


Flooding on Wilson Patten Street. Video: Kapelushnik Shalony

Manchester Road has also been hit by floods. Video: Leigh Mechelle