FIREFIGHTERS are urging people across Greater Manchester to stay informed and stay safe after 18 flood alerts have been issued for the region by the Flood Warning Information Service.
Crew are currently responding to incidents in Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Salford and Ramsbottom and conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day.
Eleven parts of Greater Manchester have been issued with a warning, which means flooding is expected and action needs to be taken they are:
River Irwell at Pioneer Mills and Parkside Close
River Roch at Littleborough
River Irwell at Bury Ground
River Irwell at Prestolee and Ringley Bridges
Hey Brook at Rochdale, properties adjacent to the watercourse
Borsdane and Hockery Brook at Hindley
River Irwell at Summerseat, Riverside
River Irwell at Irwell Vale
Walsden Water at Walsden and Todmorden
River Spodden at Whitworth, Daniel Street
River Irwell at Strongstry and Chatterton
A further seven parts of Greater Manchester have been issued with a warning, which means flooding is possible and people should be prepared they are:
River Calder Upper Catchment
Lower River Ribble and Darwen
Lostock and Yarrow Catchment
River Colne, Holme and Fenay Beck
River Glaze catchment including Leigh and East Wigan
Lower River Irwell catchment including areas in Greater Manchester
Upper River Irwell catchment with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: â€œAre thoughts are with those who have been affected by flooding today â€“ we are working tirelessly across the North West to protect life and property.
â€œIf you live in an affected area please do not travel and if you home has been flooded stay out of the water and wait for help.
â€œFlood water is extremely dangerous, it is dirty, can be fast flowing and often full of debris â€“ the only way to stay safe is to stay out of the water.
â€œIf youâ€™re driving, see water on the road and donâ€™t know how deep it is donâ€™t drive through it â€“ it only takes 30 cm of water to float a car and even less to write your car off.
â€œOur control operators are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment, so please only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.â€
For more information about flooding in your area please visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/ or call the 24 hour Floodline on 0345 988 1188.