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Residents warned to prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding

Press Release: 18/01/2021

 

Gulley ClearingRESIDENTS  are being warned to be prepared for heavy rainfall in Tameside and possible risks of flooding this week.

The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for the Greater Manchester for heavy rain and flooding from Tuesday 19 January to Thursday 21 January.

The Tame Valley, including parts of Mossley, Stalybridge and Ashton, is thought to be at particular risk – with the River Tame at risk of overflowing and large surface water run off expected, which could cause significant damage to property.

Tameside Council has teams out preparing for the flood risk. This work includes clearing critical infrastructure such as culvert screens and gullies, especially in high risk areas.

Residents in areas prone to flooding are being urged to do their bit to prepare, including taking food, water, pets, furniture and vulnerable and sentimental items upstairs as well as moving cars to higher ground. There’s more advice on what you can do to prepare for a flood and what to do in a flood here.

People are also urged to check their elderly and vulnerable neighbours are alerted and prepared.

Motorists are advised to take care driving and never try to drive through flood water - 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles.

For further weather updates see The Met Office website and updates on flood warnings and further advice on what to do see here.

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