Recovery work in Greater Manchester begins after heavy flooding

The Environment Agency (EA) have been on the ground in places affected by the flooding across Greater Manchester.

The recovery operations are underway to help communities recover from the severe weather brought by Storm Ciara over the weekend (8th and 9th February).

Teams from the EA have been visiting places like Irwell Vale, Ramsbottom, Salford and Glossop.

Community Information Officers have also visited towns and villages across the region offering information and advice as well as signposting people to help by working with Local Authorities. Across the North West, Environment Agency staff are still protecting properties by making sure rivers are clear from blockages and ensuring assets are ready to operate.

Even with operating defences and assets in place, the severe weather caused between 140-150 properties across Greater Manchester to be affected by flooding with the EA still gathering vital post-flood information to determine the total figure. 

Lee Rawlinson, Area Director for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire said: “We are proud of the spirit and resilience our communities, partners and staff have shown once again in their rapid, dedicated response to the intense and unprecedented rainfall brought on by Storm Ciara. 

“Our Field Teams were out in the area well in advance of the Storm clearing tonnes of debris from our rivers and worked 24/7 during the incident to keep communities as protected as possible. Over the weekend, our teams operated our flood storage reservoirs in the Salford area and, alongside our constructers BAM Nuttall, assembled temporary defences in Radcliffe and Redvales. We are continuing to check our defences after the severe weather and are operating them as needed to help keep people and properties safe.
“The focus now is on recovery. The Environment Agency’s flood assets protected thousands of homes and businesses but, sadly, some communities across the North West did suffer from flooding and we need to help them recover as quickly as possible.

“We are doing everything we can to support our communities. Alongside, our partners we are coordinating our field teams out on the ground in affected communities. They have been out around the clock – doing the most we can do to help protect communities from the impacts of flooding.

With further heavy showers are expected to continue into the weekend as a result of Storm Dennis, the Environment Agency is advising communities to remain vigilant and stay safe over the coming days. 

People are advised to sign up for our free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest safety advice, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgencyNW on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

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