The Environment Agency is warning that there could be a risk of flooding from rivers and surface water during Friday and Saturday.
Latest forecasts show that a weather system of thunder showers and slow moving bands of rain is likely to affect Northern and Eastern parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
This forecast could change closer to the time and this does not mean that other areas will not be affected.
The Environment Agency has also mobilised teams across the North to check and clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. We are also working with local partners to ensure that surface water flooding is minimised where possible.
The North West has experienced some severe weather over recent weeks, and with further rain forecast for later this week, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.
Over 5.5 million, or one in six, properties are at risk of flooding from all types of floods across England and Wales.
We can't prevent flooding entirely, but we can reduce the risks of flooding. By working with our partners and people at risk of flooding, we can minimise it’s effects and reduce the damage it causes.
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 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 our thoughts remain with those people whose homes and businesses have been affected by flooding. Our staff, along with local partners have been working hard to provide communities with as much assistance and information as possible.”
This week, Environment Agency officers are out visiting residents and business owners affected by the flooding at the end of June. They are visiting Irwell Vale, Crawshawbooth and Croston as well as other locations along with the National Flood Forum and partner organisations to offer advice and support.
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