River Roch flood update: here's what we know as of Saturday night

Date published: 16 March 2019

River Roch flood update: here's what we know as of 7.30pm Saturday night (16 March)

Littleborough/Smithy Bridge

  • Todmorden Road is closed from Halifax Road to Barnes Meadow. Diversions are in place along Whitelees Road, Calderbrook Road and Barnes Meadow.
  • Smithy Bridge Road fields are flooded.
  • Stubley Mill Road onto Riverstone Bridge is flooded.
  • Littleborough playing fields are flooded.
  • Ferrand Road is flooded.
  • Water is understood 2ft deep on Shore Road, Littleborough.

Rochdale & town centre

  • Hollingwood Road and Belfield Lane are currently closed.
  • A flood alert is in place for Hey Brook. Homes on Gowers Street and Weedon Street and surrounding properties.
  • Asda Rochdale is believed to be closed, but this is currently unconfirmed.



  • Yates is closed.
  • Buckley Menswear has confirmed water is coming through the basement floor.
  • Although the water hasn't come over the river openings in the town centre, The Butts and The Walk are flooded.
  • Shoppers/residents were helping shopkeepers to remove stock from shops.


The Walk - Elizabeth Fenton
The Walk - Elizabeth Fenton


  • Manchester Old Road in Alkrington is currently closed.
  • Wince Brook has burst its banks.



Milnrow & Newhey 

  • Councillor Andy Kelly has confirmed houses in the village have flooded near the community centre.

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