Bury Council is working with the Environment Agency to ensure communities in the area are aware that they may be at risk of flooding from rivers and surface water over the next 36 hours.
The North West has experienced some severe weather over recent weeks, and with further rain forecast over the weekend. 100mm of rain is expected in some parts of the North West in the next few days and so we would urge the public to remain vigilant and check local weather forecasts.
We cannot prevent the rain or prevent flooding entirely however we can help communities become more resilient. Please take a look at the Environment Agency website.
Advice on what to do to stay safe in a flood and clearing up afterwards.
In the event of a flood it is important to focus on the safety of you and your family.
If it is about to flood, do these things now:
Tune into your local radio station on a battery or wind-up radio.
Switch off your electricity / gas supplies.
If you have a flood plan, put it into action.
Move important items to safety
If there's time, fit any flood protection products you might have such as:
Sandbags or alternative barriers
Toilet bungs (only needed for downstairs toilets)
Any other flood product
You should be prepared to act quickly and get yourself to safety. Put the safety of people first and listen to advice from the Police and the Emergency Services. Remember that their concern is for your safety.
Stay alert to localised flooding
Also known as 'surface water flooding'. This usually happens where drainage systems are unable to cope with heavy spells of rainfall. We cannot give you a direct warning for this type of flooding.
Instead we forecast where it might be a problem in certain counties and a daily flood risk forecast is on the Environment Agency website. You can also find out about the possibility of 'surface water' flooding in your area by checking local weather forecasts.
Floodwater is dangerous
Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over.
Two feet of water will float your car.
Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers.
Don't walk or drive through flood water.
Don't let children play in flood water.
Don't walk on sea defences or riverbanks.
When water levels are high be aware that bridges may be dangerous to walk or drive over.
Culverts are dangerous when flooded.
Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated.