The Environment Agency issued four “severe” flood warnings following the devastating Storm, Christoph, causing thousands to evacuate.
River levels reached records high on Wednesday night as torrential rain threatened more flooding in Manchester, Wales and Merseyside. In East Didsbury, West Didsbury and Northenden areas of Greater Manchester, some 2,000 properties have been ordered to vacate.
In parts of Ruthin and Bangor on Dee in North Wales and Maghull in Merseyside, people were also told to leave their homes.
North Wales Police said they were working together with the fire service to evacuate homes in Ruthin, urging people to avoid the area.
The force tweeted: “Officers have been called to assist @DenbighshireCC and @NWFRS in #Ruthin, where some homes are being evacuated. Regrettably, people who do not live locally are driving to the area to ‘see the floods’. Please do not stretch our resources by adding to the problem.”
Some serious flooding at the moment in North Wales. Please be aware.
One of our team has had to come back on duty to assist due to the conditions
If you really have to go out (Covid rules) please be safe pic.twitter.com/fuLZG6I2dB
— NWP Rural Crime Team /Tîm Troseddau Cefn Gwlad HGC (@NWPRuralCrime) January 20, 2021
Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Nick Bailey said a flood basin in Didsbury, which takes water from the River Mersey, was full and will “over-top in the next few hours”.
“As a result, we will be issuing a flood warning to homes,” he said. “This will be through texted flood alerts to some people and police officers, PCSOs, firefighters, and volunteers will be knocking on doors.
“We have identified about 160 people that will be moved. There will be provision at Wythenshawe Forum and hotels are being used. Some of those that are being evacuated will also be Covid-positive or isolating at home.”
Many rivers across England and Wales are at “dangerously high levels” as the heavy rain and storm continues to fall, the Environment Agency warned.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the people to heed to warnings and follow advice to vacate when they are told to do so. He said measures were being taken to ensure the transport and energy networks were prepared so that electricity outages would not be “severe” and that there were sufficient supplies of sandbags.