Thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes overnight as Storm Christoph caused widespread flooding across the UK. Some 2,000 properties in the East Didsbury, West Didsbury and Northenden areas of Manchester were due to be evacuated on Wednesday night because of rising water levels, the city council said. Elsewhere people were also asked to leave their homes in parts of Ruthin and Bangor on Dee in North Wales, and Maghull in Merseyside. Authorities have been monitoring water levels at the River Mersey overnight. Pictures shared on social media in the early hours of Thursday, and the Environment Agency's river level chart for the Mersey at Northenden, appear to show levels falling - but more rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday.
People were being asked to leave overnight as the Environment Agency has issued two 'severe' threat to life warnings for the area. Those who are clinically vulnerable, positive for coronavirus or self-isolating, will be offered emergency accommodation in hotels. Others will be able to go to Wythenshawe Forum if they can't stay with friends or relatives. Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Nick Bailey said earlier in the day a large number of vulnerable people were being evacuated. "We have identified about 160 people that will be moved," he said. He added that up to 3,000 properties across the Greater Manchester region could be affected by tonight's flooding It comes as heavy rain and snow continued to fall across England and Wales, with many rivers at "dangerously high levels", the Environment Agency said. The four 'severe flood warnings' in place by the Environment Agency as of 6am on Thursday are for, River Mersey at East Didsbury, River Mersey at West Didsbury and Northenden, River Bollin and Agden Brook at Little Bollington (south of Dunham Massey), River Bollin at Heatley (between Dunham Massey and Lymm)Amber and yellow weather warnings were in force until Thursday morning for the storm, which was also threatening to bring up to 30cm of snow to northern areas. Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier urged people to heed the flood warnings and evacuate their properties when told to do so. A Manchester City Council spokesman told the PA news agency that around 2,000 properties would be evacuated. Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Nick Bailey said a flood basin in Didsbury, which takes water from the River Mersey, was full and was expected to "over-top" at some point during the night. An emergency rest centre was set up at Wythenshawe Forum and hotels were also being used for those forced to flee. Lib Dem councillor Richard Kilpatrick said he was among those who had to evacuate overnight after police came knocking on doors in The Beeches. He said: "The atmosphere has been a mixture of anxiety and disbelief I think.
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