People living in the Cheshire town of Poynton are assessing the damage after flooding led to a major incident being declared.
Heavy rainfall was landing on saturated ground - leaving floodwater with nowhere to go.
A large section of road into the town collapsed - which saved around a dozen cottages from flooding.
Steps were washed away by flood water - with people being urged to seek shelter in the Civic Hall if they were unsure how to get to safety.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service attended 35 incidents before midnight.
Emergency services say that localised flooding affecting the county has largely subsided.
However, motorists are still being advised to drive with care as there is still a large amount of surface water in the area.
Clean-up work is expected to start later today. Officers are also asking motorist who had were forced to abandon their cars yesterday to arrange collection as soon as possible.
Eight flood warnings remain in place for the region.