HEAVY rain overnight has led to road closures and rail service disruption in Wirral.

Residents in Millhouse Lane, Moreton found the stretch of road running alongside the railway and River Birket flooded. The road is closed to motorists.

Householders in Carnoustie Close - which was flooded in 2015 - are also putting sandbags down in a bid to protect their homes, fearing their properties could be the victim of floods again.

And more rain is expected later.

A concerned householder in Carnoustie Close told the Globe: "We had this four years ago and don't want to go through the nightmare again.

"The council have been called and, hopefully, will be able to come out and sort this before the rain starts again.

"I've heard the Birket has burst its banks because of the rain."

The M53 Northbound exit slip road is partially blocked due to flooding at J3 A552 Woodchurch Road, Woodchurch.

The A5137 Brimstage Road in Brimstage is also partially blocked, with slow traffic due to flooding from Brimstage Lane to Manor Road.

Parts of Central Park in Wallasey are also waterlogged.

The line at Hooton railway station, meaning some Chester and Ellesmere Port lines are also disrupted by floodwater.

Disruption is expected until around 11am.

Train services to Ellesmere Port may be delayed.

The Met Office has issued the yellow warning for rain between midnight and 12pm on Thursday.

A spokesman added: "Heavy rain is expected to affect the region throughout Wednesday only slowly easing during Thursday morning.

"Around 20 to 40 mm of rain could widely fall with 50 to 80mm possible over high ground and as much as 100mm in a few locations."

The Met Office warns spells of heavy and persistent rain have the potential to bring flooding and disruption to transport in places.

There's more wet weather in the forecast over the next couple of days with further heavy rain in places.

A spokesman added: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

"Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads."

The warning is in place for a number of areas in the north west including Merseyside, Warrington, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton.