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Flash flood affects St Georges Shopping Centre

Posted on - 10th June, 2014 - 5:54pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, News, Preston City Centre, Weather

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At around 5pm this afternoon part of the downstairs area of St George’s Shopping Centre came to a standstill as flood water gushed across the walkway.

St Georges staff were seen frantically sweeping pools of water from out out their shops.

Part of the mall was cordoned off as a safety measure while emergency mopping up action took place.

Many stores closed for a short while until declared safe to enter again.

It followed a torrential downpours on Tuesday late afternoon which turned many roads around the city into small rivers.

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A shop worker said a flood of water had come pouring from the ground floor section of the Marks and Spencer store located in the centre and spread out left and right, reaching the Costa Coffee outlet in the rotunda .

In the ground floor level of the Marks and Spencer store a makeshift barrier of shopping trolleys barricaded the escalators to the lower floor. Pools of water were also evident in the food hall with staff dashing around armed with rolls of paper towels.

The flood coincided with a sudden heavy downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Marks and Spencer have so far been unavailable to comment.

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