Friday, 26 Feb 2021

Thousands of homes evacuated overnight as Storm Christoph batters Brits

Thousands of homes were part of a huge evacuation plan overnight due to the dangerously rising water levels.

2,000 properties in East Disbury, West Disbury and Northenden areas of Greater Manchester were part of the plans as Storm Christoph battered the UK with strong winds, snow and heavy downpours, the city council said.

People were asked to leave their homes in parts of Ruthin and Bangor on Dee in North Wales, as well as Maghull in Merseyside.

Heavy rain and snow continued to fall across England and Wales yesterday, and rivers banks were bursting with the excess rainwater.

Many rivers were at "dangerously high levels", the Environemntal agency warned.

Four 'severe' flood warnings were issued with 'danger to life' alerts, for the River Mersey at Disbury, Northenden and Maghull.

Amber and yellow weather warnings are in force until Thursday morning for the storm.

As much as 30cm of snow is threatening to blanket areas with chilly temperatures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to heed the flood warnings and evacuate when told to do so.

Manchester City Council told the PA news agency, around 2,000 homes would be evacuated overnight on Wednesday as part of preparations.

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An emergency rest centre was set up at Wythenshawe Forum and hotels were being forced for those who fled the flood waters.

Lib Dem councillor Richard Kilpatrick said he was among those who had to flee overnight after police came knocking on doors in The Beeches.

He told Manchester Evening News: "The atmosphere has been a mixture of anxiety and disbelief I think. I helped door knocking to inform residents.

"We are fine and spirits are high. We just don't expect it to happen here, the defences have always been enough."

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In North Wales, officers are helping fire crews to evacuate homes and are urging people to avoid the affected areas.

The force tweeted: "Officers have been called to assist @DenbighshireCC and @NWFRS in #Ruthin, where some homes are being evacuated.

"Regrettably, people who do not live locally are driving to the area to 'see the floods'. Please do not stretch our resources by adding to the problem."

The force also urged residents of Bangor on Dee to evacuate after National Resources Wales issued a severe flood warning for the area.

North Wales Police tweeted: "Severe flood risk: Emergency services are asking residents of Bangor on Dee to evacuate properties and proceed to Ysgol Sant Dunawd immediately.

"DO NOT try to leave the area yourself. 4×4 vehicles will be utilised by emergency services to evacuate residents from the school."

Mr Johnson chaired a Cobra crisis meeting on Wednesday after major incidents were declared in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Four severe flood warnings remain in place, with 188 flood warnings requiring immediate action and 228 flood alerts, across the UK.

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