Environment Agency urges people to prepare for flooding.
There is a continued risk of surface water and river flooding this afternoon and tomorrow (Saturday) across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, North Derbyshire and the Yorkshire Pennines, the Environment Agency warned today.
Further heavy rain is expected across many regions during Friday and into Saturday morning. Forecasters at the Met Office have issued an amber warning for heavy rain across parts of north west England where we could see one month’s rain in just 24 hours.
The Environment Agency is urging the public to remain vigilant and prepared for flooding. The public should check the Environment Agency website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings for rivers. It also advised the public not to drive through floodwater.
The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the North West to check and operate flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
Holidaymakers visiting caravan and camping sites across the North West should be prepared to take action should flooding occur.
Revellers attending concerts and festivals in the affected areas should also take extra caution and consult with event organisers before setting out.
The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgency using the hashtags #NWflood and #floodaware or watch our flood experts sharing the latest flood risk situation on Youtube.
Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found on its website. You can also follow the Met Office on Twitter @metoffice and Facebook.