A mum and her three children had to be rescued from their waterlogged car after torrential rain caused flash floods across Wirral.
The River Fender and River Birket burst their banks in the heavy downpours on Wednesday morning, flooding roads and causing travel chaos in Bromborough, Thornton Hough, Greasby and Moreton.
Thornton Hough residents said the woman and youngsters had to be pulled to safety after the engine of her Fiat car cut out in rising waters at the junction of Neston Road and Thornton Common Road.
A man was also rescued from his car on a flooded road on Brimstage Road in Bebington just after 6:30am by fire crews who used an inflatable boat to bring him to safety.
A woman who lives in Thornton Hough said: “The water has been rising all morning and it’s been getting worse. You can see it rising up from the field and coming out of the gate on the other side by Smithy Hill.
“People are trying to force their way through in their cars but it’s too deep unless you’re in a 4×4 or a van.
“There was a woman with her children on the school run trying to get through the water but she was only in a little car like a Fiat and had to get help.”
Watch Manager Simon Ashton, who attended the call-out in Brimstage Road with firefighters from Bromborough fire station, said: “The water was around 1.2 metres deep around the car.
“The water was moving quite a bit and was starting to move the car a little when we arrived.
“Firefighters in water rescue kit waded out to the man and the Search and Rescue Team brought a boat to bring the man to safety.”
Flash flooding also forced the closure of Spital Road/Bromborough Road roundabout in Bromborough, Arrowe Road in Greasby, Saughall Massie Road, Saughall Massie and Millhouse Lane in Moreton.
Merseytravel said the flooding had affected most Avon buses services in Wirral, but they returned to normal by early afternoon.
A Wirral Council spokesman said: “We are working closely with our highways services contractor, BAM Nuttall and focusing our attentions on high priority routes to ensure the roads are opened at the earliest opportunity.
“However, this may take longer in some cases due to overspill from adjacent watercourses/fields.”
The flooding also led to queuing traffic after a lane closure on the M53 at Woodchurch, while the Total Fitness gym nearby was “totally inaccessible” for much of the morning.
The gym said in a statement: “Due to freak flash flood at the entrance of the estate, the Prenton club is totally inaccessible this morning. All surrounding roads including the motorway are gridlocked.”
Neston Road was closed in Heswall near Parkgate Lane and between Smithy Hill and Church Road in Thornton Hough, along with Brimstage Road and Bromborough Road in Bebington and Millhouse Lane in Moreton near to Oakham Drive.