The Environment Agency is asking people in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, the Wirral, North Cheshire and Lancashire to remain vigilant and prepared for flooding from tomorrow afternoon through to Saturday, after the Met Office warned of very heavy rain.
The Met Office has issued an amber severe weather warning for heavy rain across parts of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire. Up to 60mm of rain is widely expected, with the potential for over 100mm in places, leading to surface water flooding of roads and land. There is also a risk of flooding from rivers in built up areas which respond quickly to high rainfall.
Rain is expected across many regions during Friday and into Saturday. The heaviest rain in the North West is expected from Friday lunchtime and the forecast is for it to continue into Saturday morning.
The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the north west to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. These teams will be working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force again over the coming days.
Parts of southeast England, East Anglia, the north and east Midlands, and north and west Wales are also on alert for localised surface water flooding today and into the weekend.