Heavy rain forecast for next eight hours

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THE Environment Agency is warning people to remain vigilant as latest forecasts show that heavy and persistent rain will affect eastern parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire over the next eight hours.

People are urged to check local weather forecasts and the Environment Agency website for information, and are advised to avoid swollen rivers and floodwater, which can be dangerous as it is fast-flowing and carries debris. The Agency has mobilised teams to check and clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels, and is also working with local partners to ensure that surface water flooding is minimised where possible. Surface water flooding happens when the local drainage system cannot cope with rainfall.  It is extremely difficult to predict precisely where surface water flooding will happen as it depends on ground water levels, the amount of rainfall, and the local drainage network.

Steve Moore, Director of the Environment Agency in the North West region said: “We are experiencing a period of very unsettled weather and, where necessary, our teams are out monitoring river levels and ensuring that blockages to rivers and drains are removed.”

The public are encouraged to remain vigilant and those concerned about flooding can call Floodline 0845 988 1188.   Keep up to date with the latest flood alerts and warnings at  http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx