‘Roof leak’ flood shuts down stores at busy retail park

Heavy rains caused flooding in two stores in a busy retail park in Wirral today.

The Poundland Pep & Co store and the Smyths Toys Superstore have been forced to close their doors after flooding caused by heavy rains allegedly passed through the roofs of shops at Croft Retail Park in Bromborough.

Buyers contacted ECHO to say that four stores, including Next and JD Sports in the retail park, had been closed after heavy rains around 1:30 p.m.

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Next and JD Sports reopened shortly after and do not appear to have been affected while the aisles of Smyths hypermarkets remained closed to the public with makeshift gates.

A sign on several of the gates, which were manned by staff passing toys to customers, read: “Aisle closed due to flooding. For any items beyond this point, please ask a staff member.”

Pep & Co was forced to keep its doors closed as workers faced the aftermath of the flooding, although it was understood that there were plans to reopen the store once staff got the “green light”.

Pep & Co at Bromborough Retail Park which suffered from flooding today

The other stores in the retail park were not affected, business continuing normally.

One person said that ECHO’s water entered the stores through the roof due to the “volume of rain” that fell in a short time.

Several parts of Merseyside were inundated by torrential rains earlier in the day, with lightning and strong winds also reported in some areas.

In Aigburth, wheelie bins are said to have landed on a roof, photos also showing a mutilated trampoline and slates that fell to the ground in strong winds, one person compared to a “tornado”

Trains between Wigan and Huyton were affected due to flooding, and debris on the Liverpool to Kirby railway line, seen as a fallen tree, caused delays elsewhere on the network.

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