Environment Agency checks local bridges ahead of Storm Dennis

Date published: 14 February 2020

Ahead of this weekend’s storm, the Environment Agency has visited Rochdale today (Friday 14 February) check local bridges for any build-up of debris.

Environment Agency field teams have been out across Greater Manchester in the wake of Storm Ciara and continue to do preparatory work on the ground including clearing debris screens, checking all rivers and bridges and ensuring flood defences and assets are ready to respond and react to Storm Dennis.

They have been out around the clock – doing what they can to help protect communities from the impacts of flooding. An amber warning for rain is in place across the borough from 12 noon on Saturday (15 February).

As of today, local bridges are all clear.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Heavy, persistent rain on Saturday and Sunday is likely to bring significant river and surface water flooding to parts of the North, South East and South West of England over the weekend and into next week.

“Current forecasts indicate a heightened risk of flooding in parts of West and North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

“Flooding is dangerous and can happen very quickly. The effects can be devastating. The best way to protect yourself from flooding is to know what to do in advance. We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.

“More than 1.4 million people are signed up for free flood warnings, giving them vital time to save themselves and their possessions from the devastating effects of flooding.”

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