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‘Take care’: Fire service warn Manchester as flood calls come in during torrential rain

By Sean-Paul Doran

Heavy rain is leading to numerous emergency flood calls today, causing Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to urge residents to take greater care over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning as heavy wind and rain is forecasted to batter Manchester, raising concerns of localised flooding.

Up to four inches of water are expected to fall in some areas across Greater Manchester and residents are being warned of the consequences of the adverse conditions.

Station Manager Paul Duggan said: “We have had a number of calls from around 10.15am this morning. Predominantly our action has been to give advice as the situation has not been life threatening and there are other organisations who can assist, like the Highways Agency.

“We have had one call where we have been to inspect a property to see if we can make the area safe but we will only attend when there is life or property at risk, so please only call us if you have a real emergency.”

In the vast majority of cases, advice has been given to the occupant over the phone but fire crews have attended Beresford Street, Wigan, where water has encroached on properties.

Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have said that around 14 houses are waist-deep in water and two High Volume Pumps are being used to clear it.

“We are expecting heavy rain over the weekend and we would urge people to take extra care if they are going out anywhere – allow extra time for your journey and if you are driving increase your braking distance.

The Environment Agency has asked residents in Greater Manchester to remain vigilant and prepare for flooding, after the Met Office warned of very heavy rain.

They have mobilised teams across the North West to work around the clock, checking on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.

Full detail about the situation and what action could be taken by individuals to protect themselves and their homes can be found at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

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