Storm Christoph – Severe Flood Warning to be stood down in Manchester

The GM Strategic Coordination Group for Storm Christoph and the Environment Agency have stood down the Severe Flood Warning for Didsbury and Northenden.

This mean that people who have been evacuated from their home can now return – but emergency services remain on alert as water levels are expected to vary today. Vulnerable people will be helped to return home during the day. 

Water levels had continued to rise overnight as expected, but the Didsbury Basin did not significantly overflow and the worst-case scenario was avoided.  

However, high water levels have flooded some gardens and some roads remain closed.  

The emergency response saw more than 200 hundred Council staff, police officers, Red Cross  and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue officers on the ground who knocked on around 1,700 Didsbury and Northenden doors and supported local residents. 

Vulnerable and self-isolating residents were provided emergency accommodation overnight and care packages were provided to support people.  

Wythenshawe Forum remains open and around 48 people attended the rest centre there overnight.  

People are reminded to remain at home and only travel if absolutely necessary. 

Find information about road closures and other advice on the Council’s website: www.manchester.gov.uk/stormchristoph 

 

Cllr Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Thankfully we avoided the level of flooding that we expected overnight. A huge debt of thanks is owed to the Council staff, emergency services and volunteers who were on the ground through the night, knocking on doors and supporting residents who had been asked to evacuate. It really was the best of Manchester in action.  

“Standing down the Severe Flood Warning means that people can now return to their homes, which I know will be a huge relief to residents who left their lives at home last night not knowing what they might go back to.  

“Water levels will continue to be reviewed throughout the day as water levels are expected to vary, so keep an eye information from the Council and emergency services.  

“Our thoughts are with those people in Greater Manchester who have been badly affected.” 

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