UK weather downpour sees bloke ride rubber ring down his street in soggy protest

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    A dad-of-five has tried to "shame" a council into fixing flooding in his area by riding on a giant rubber after being hit by torrential rain.

    Jayme Loftus, 40, says his area has been plagued with flooding "for years" but claims he can't seem to get Stockport Council to address the issue.

    The window cleaner, from Brinnington, is calling on the authority to take action to help locals navigate heavy rain near the railway bridge.

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    Jayme decided to get out the inflatable as part of a wet and wild demonstration on his way home from watching Stockport County away at Bradford City.

    His wife took a photo of him as he floated along with his arms and legs in the air, reports Manchester Evening News.

    "It's been going on for years and it's become a bit of a running joke," he said.

    "Every time it rains you can bet your last five it will flood. It's one of the few ways to get in and out of Brinny, the others mean you going out of your way.

    "I have a van so I was alright but loads of cars were struggling and people trying to walk past were getting their feet soaked.

    "They were waiting for cars to make a bit of a tidal wave and running through but it wasn't working. I just thought 'this is ridiculous.'

    "Whenever it floods and people warn each other about it in the What's On in Brinnington Facebook group, people mock pictures of them fishing in it and stuff like that. So I decided to have a bit of fun and prove just how deep it is by floating around on it.

    Jayme posted a picture of his lilo stunt with the caption: "Not sure about our new pool.. bit cold and no lifeguards."

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    His mum was one of the almost 200 people to reply saying: "Son what have I told you about not wearing your armband when playing in water."

    Others said their cars had been damaged whilst several complained of being drenched by the spray from vehicles passing through.

    "I was trying to shame the council really into doing something about it. We need some gully drains or at least some pallets or something for people to walk over when it's bad like this. It was coming up to my knees at its deepest point.

    "It's that deep it must be going into people's cars," Jayme said. "Then you've got people who work on the industrial estate walking to work and having to go in wet shoes and socks. It's not right. And it's been like this since forever."

    Daily Star has contacted the council for comment.

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