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Storm Christoph: Major rivers burst banks as hundreds told to flee their homes

Mirror logo Mirror 20/01/2021 Milo Boyd

a car driving on a rainy night: Parts of Swansea have also been flooded © Athena Pictures Parts of Swansea have also been flooded

A council has warned people living near a major river to take immediate action after its banks burst.

As the rain continues to fall the Environment Agency has starting going door-to-door urging residents near one river to get out for fear its water levels will keep rising for hours to come.

Storm Christoph has begun lashing large parts of the north of England, causing rivers in Greater Manchester and Yorkshire to overflow.

The intensity and consistency of the rain has left councils scrambling to evacuate people and shore up flood defences.

a large orange truck on a city street: Large parts of North Yorkshire are under water, leaving others braced for a deluge © Alamy Live News. Large parts of North Yorkshire are under water, leaving others braced for a deluge

Leeds City Council has put out an urgent message to residents after the River Aire burst its banks today.

The authority urged people to have a flood plan and to avoid driving near deluged areas.

A new warning has been issued for Collingham, West Yorkshire as the River Wharfe threatens to overflow.

The Government's Flood Information Service issued the urgent warning for the village and has opened its incident room in preparation for the worst.

A tweet from Leeds City Council read: "Heavy rain and windy conditions continue to affect the whole of Yorkshire today as Storm Christoph develops.


Video: Northern England hit with snow after Storm Christoph's torrential downpours (Newsflare)

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"We're working with partners across the city to closely monitor river levels and are ready to respond if required.

a train traveling down tracks next to a body of water: A car got stuck in the high water © Athena Pictures A car got stuck in the high water

"There are things you can do to help protect yourselves from flooding: Check your flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, develop a flood action plan, avoid low-lying footpaths and roads near watercourses and avoid driving near flooded areas."

Rain is expected to continue to fall throughout the evening and through to Thursday morning across the North.

The River Irwell burst its banks in Manchester city centre earlier today, leaving people in shin-high water.

Around 300 homes are being evacuated in Merseyside settlements Didsbury and Northenden tonight due to risk of flooding.

Authorities have been remodelling rainfall data as Storm Christoph continues to bring downpours across the region.

They now believe the River Mersey may not hit its peak until 4am on Thursday, meaning the risk of flooding will only increase until then.

a sign on the side of a lake: The North of England has been battered by the storm © Alamy Live News. The North of England has been battered by the storm

The Environment Agency is currently going from home to home to advise those people who need to leave.

The senior police officer overseeing the flooding response said: "Unfortunately - despite the best efforts of all agencies involved - we are now at the stage where evacuations are necessary in areas of Didsbury.

"It's important to stress that if you are contacted and advised to evacuate then we would strongly urge you to do so."

a house covered in snow: People living near the River Aire have been urged to formulate a flood plan © Alamy Live News. People living near the River Aire have been urged to formulate a flood plan

Manchester City Council is in the process of procuring emergency hotel accommodation for those who have coronavirus or are self-isolating.

The torrential rain has also caused flooding across Teesside, with roads closed and cars stuck in deep standing water.

The River Tees burst its banks at Yarm, but floodgates had been closed and it's understood the water hasn't reached properties or the High Street.

Cars got stuck in Middlesborough leaving residents rushed home to protect their properties after deep washed through the town.

More to follow.

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