Flash floods kept firefighters busy in Preston on Tuesday afternoon and evening and brought an early end to business for some shops in the city.
Both Fishergate and St George’s centres were affected by water after monsoon downpours struck either side of rush hour.
The occupant of a car had to be helped to safety after it became stuck in flood water under a bridge on the Fishergate car park. The shopping centre was inundated on the ground floor, forcing shopkeepers to take emergency measures to stop the water getting into their premises.
St George’s closed early after it too was affected by the flooding.
Many roads in the city were affected with standing water – the first call-outs for the fire brigade coming around 3.40pm.
Fire crews dealt with problems in Winckley Square, Cannon Street, Lancaster Road, Solway Close, St Paul’s Square, Garden Street and Argyll Road. Penwortham was also affected with flooding in Kingsfold Drive and Penwortham Hall Gardens.
The flood water caused isolated problems with power supplies, with a United Utilities spokesman reporting a “busier than usual” afternoon and evening. They sent teams out all around the area responding to flooding issues with electricity equipment.
Avenham Park also flooded, with deep standing water also reported in Deepdale Road and Ronaldsway.
Despite the thunderstorms, the Environment Agency had no flood warnings in place for the Preston area.