Saturday, September 24, 2022

UK weather – Storm Christoph: Thousands of Manchester homes being evacuated amid ‘danger to life’ flood warnings

A senior police officer warned a flood basin in Didsbury would “over-top in the next few hours”

About 2,000 properties in Greater Manchester were being evacuated overnight due to flooding from Storm Christoph – as heavy snow also hit the region.

Four severe danger to life” warnings are in place in the North West, including in West Didsbury, East Didsbury, Heatley and Northenden.

There’s also a severe flood warning in force at Bangor on Dee in northwest Wales, where the entire village has been ordered to leave their homes.

Police declared a major incident and told people to go to a local school and wait for emergency 4×4 vehicles rather than trying to leave on their own.

Entire village being evacuated amid severe flood warnings – follow live updates

Police were encouraging people in East Didsbury to heed the advice to leave their homes
Image: Greater Manchester Police were encouraging people to heed the advice to leave their homes
Didsbury flooding
Image: River levels in Didsbury are very high. Pic: @chrisaky/Twitter
Hundreds of flood warnings and alerts are in place. Pic: Environment Agency
Image: Hundreds of flood warnings and alerts are in place. Pic: Environment Agency

The key areas affected are:

  • Didsbury
  • Northenden
  • Wales
  • York

More than 190 “immediate action required” flood warnings are in force – mostly across the Midlands and North, as well as 213 amber alerts.

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