The City Council is working closely with partners at Greater Manchester Police and the Environment Agency in response to expected high rainfall and potential flooding in the next 24 hours.
People are asked to continue to adhere to Covid-19 regulations and stay at home unless absolutely necessary, and only travel if essential.
Parts of the city around the River Mersey – Didsbury Basin in particular – are at risk of flooding if water levels continue to rise.
If it is necessary to evacuate homes, residents will be alerted and given instruction. A rest centre will be made available.
If you have been asked to self-isolate due to Government guidance around Covid-19 or if you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you will be contacted directly with instructions.
Council staff and partners are already working to mobilise flood protection plans and gully cleaning is underway in the city’s most at risk areas to help excess water to drain as quickly as possible.
What to do if you get a flood warning
A flood warning means you need to act: flooding is expected. You should:
- move vehicles to higher ground if it’s safe to do so
- move family and pets to safety
- move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items and valuables, then furniture and furnishings
- turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe to do so; never touch an electrical switch if you’re standing in water
- if you have property protection products such as flood barriers, or air brick covers, use them now
- keep track of the latest situation
Keep up to date with the Flood Warning Service
For up-to-date information on the council website – including road closures
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said:
“I would like to thank all the emergency services and Environment Agency for their response so far in their efforts to keep everyone informed and safe as the risk of flooding increases and Storm Christoph continues its path across the country in the next couple of days.
“Greater Manchester Police are leading the emergency response and I’d urge people to keep an eye on local information as a major incident has been declared. Flood warnings are already in place for Didsbury Basin, close to the River Mersey and I would ask people in these areas to check in – if safe to do so – with neighbours, particularly those who are older or vulnerable, and ask that people do not to leave their home unless they have been asked to do so by the emergency services.
“If you are asked to leave your home and you need to and stay with family or friends temporarily due to flooding, you will not be in breach of coronavirus laws, which allow for exceptions including to escape the risk of harm. However, you should still take precautions to try to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus during this time, but if your stay is necessary no action will be taken against you.
“And please only travel if it is essential and in accordance with guidance. Some roads have already been closed as a precautionary measure in some areas to ensure drivers do not get stuck in flood water and this will be the case right across Greater Manchester and beyond.”