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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
James Holt

River Mersey levels rise yet again after heavy rain in Greater Manchester

The River Mersey levels have continued to rise again following days of heavy rain in Greater Manchester. Multiple flood alerts were put in place across the region again on Thursday (January 12), days after wet and windy conditions.

Videos and pictures taken of the River Mersey on Thursday show how the water levels have continued to rise. The Environment Agency issued an alert for the Middle River Mersey catchment, including areas near Bramhall, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Urmston.

There were similar scenes last year, at the beginning of February, as the River Mersey burst its banks following days of torrential downpours. Streets around the Didsbury, Northenden and Withington areas were then submerged once more just days later, after Storm Franklin battered the region, with 'danger to life' severe flood warnings introduced.

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Elsewhere in the region, a further alert was been issued for the River Mersey Uplands catchment including Hyde, Ashton-under-Lyne, Denton and Glossop. The EA said: "The Mersey Uplands catchment includes Rivers Goyt, Tame, Sett and Etherow and their tributaries. Other locations which may be affected are around Mossley, New Mills, Hazel Grove, Marple, Romiley and Hyde."

Videos and pictures taken of the River Mersey on Thursday show how the water levels have continued to rise. (Manchester Evening News)

And experts also issued an alert for the River Bollin catchment just over the border in Cheshire, which includes parts of Knutsford, Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Bollington. In the areas covered by the flood alerts, people were warned that 'flooding is possible' - so to 'be prepared'.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday (January 10) the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain covering the region for much of the day on Tuesday, as well as for parts of Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire. The rain lead to severe flooding on some local roads, with cars left submerged and motorways closed off due to the tricky driving conditions.

The weather caused chaos as gardens were left completely submerged underwater, with some trains also halted or forced to run at reduced speeds. The Met Office predicts that on Friday (January 13), there are chances of rain in the morning and again in the afternoon, followed by mostly dry spells, with temperatures of around 8C.

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