Flood alarms issued over Greater Manchester after heavy rain

Three floods have been issued to parts of Greater Manchester after heavy rains.

According to the government’s flood service website, flood alarms have been set up across Greater Manchester after hours of sustained rainfall today.

They are for the middle river Mersey drainage, including areas near Bramhall, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Urmston; lower River Irwell catchment area, including areas in Greater Manchester and upper River Irwell catchment area with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

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A flood alarm means that flooding of low-lying land, agricultural land and roads is possible.

An earlier flood warning for Bessy Brook in Bolton has now been removed.

This evening, GMP urged motorists to be more careful in the rain after five accidents on nearby highways.



The areas across areas in northern Manchester at risk of flooding are highlighted on this map

Officers were called out for collisions on the M6, M60 and M66 motorways this afternoon.

Northwest Highway Police say all five accidents were caused by aquaplaning.

The flood control website says: “River levels are rising on the Irwell River as a result of sustained rainfall. Consequently, floods of low-lying lands, roads and farmland are possible today.

“We believe that there is a possibility of flooding for low-lying land areas and roads around the rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries.

“Further precipitation has been forecast this afternoon and during the evening.

“Our incident personnel closely monitor weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary.

“Avoid using low-lying paths and bridges near local streams, and do not attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters.”

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