More rain is forecast to fall across Greater Manchester over the coming days after some areas of the region experienced flash flooding yesterday.
Greater Manchester saw heavy downpours for the vast majority of yesterday (Tuesday).
This lead to flash flooding and water coming into homes in Bury, particularly places in the Lower River Irwell catchment such as Tottington, Walshaw, Ramsbottom and Summerseat.
A flooding preparation warning for the area was issued via the gov.uk website, which read: “As a result of heavy persistent rainfall, river levels have been rising throughout the day in the lower Irwell catchment and flooding of low lying land is possible in this area.
“River levels will continue to rise over the coming hours… and our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts if necessary.
“Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation.”
James Daly – MP for Bury North – said: “My team and I are working hard to help residents and to assist in resolving this as quickly as possible [and] some of my team are on site assisting residents already”.
He also stated that his office remained available to anyone who needed assistance.
Bury Council confirmed via Twitter that due to the heavy rainfall the borough was experiencing, it had “extra gully cleaning teams out and dealing with any localised flooding” and that it was “closely monitoring the weather and our response teams are on call.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “At around 11.50a.m on Tuesday 6th October, two fire engines from Manchester Central and Phillips Park were called to reports of flooding affecting around 50 houses on Market Street, Tottington.
“Firefighters arrived quickly and used water rescue gear to clear debris and isolate electrical supplies in homes on Market Street and Bury Road. Crews were assisted by colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and were at the scene for around three hours.
“Firefighters gave safety advice to residents before handing over to Bury Council and United Utilities.”
Elsewhere across other areas of Greater Manchester, trains were also halted due to landslips and some of the region’s motorways – the M6 Lancashire primarily – were closed due to standing water.
Flooded roads were also reported in Rochdale and Wigan.
Some light isolated showers were experienced first thing this morning in certain areas, but it has otherwise been a grey and overcast start for most parts of the region, and is set to remain this way for the most of the day, but despite this break in showers, the Met Office has warned that further heavy showers are expected to move in later this evening.
It’s expected to remain largely dry – with temperatures reaching a mild 10-11°C – until clouds thicken and more heavy rain moves in from the west, which will affect most of the region.
More substantial downpours are possible from 10pm tonight, with it set to be a very wet night.
Heavy rain is expected throughout the night and into rush hour on Thursday, which could make road travel treacherous and travellers are urged to take care.
On a somewhat lighter note though, from Thursday onwards the Met Office said: “A mixture of sunny spells, patchy cloud and showers is likely for the rest of the day… Sunshine and scattered showers are to be expected across the region on Friday and through the weekend, although it may be drier on Sunday”.
They added that it will be “breezy and rather cold throughout.”
No other weather warnings are currently in place for the Greater Manchester region.
‘Significant risk’ of UK gas shortages this winter, regulator warns
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the UK faces a ‘significant risk’ of gas shortages this winter.
According to reports in The Times, the regulator has unveiled concerns that the country could face blackouts over the coming months thanks to an undersupply of gas to Europe caused by Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Warning that a “gas supply emergency” could be looming ahead, the energy regulator has said that some gas-fired power plants could see their supplies cut off, which in turn would stop generators from producing electricity.
The alert comes just days before an expected update from the National Grid on the likelihood of countrywide power cuts this winter.
Responsing to arequest from SSE, which owns several gas power stations, Ofgem outlined what is set to be a huge issue of concern given that the UK relies on large gas plants to produce the biggest share of its electricity supply.
The regulator also pointed to rules that could see power plants penalised as a result of shortages, warning of a worst-case scenario that would see the “potential insolvency of gas-fired generators” caused by rules that require plants to pay huge charges if they fail to deliver on promised quotas.
Adding that the issue must be addressed to prevent a “significant impact on the safety and security of the electricity and/or gas systems”, the regulator echoed concerns now widespread in Europe as its comments followed a similar statement made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this morning.
Europeans are already being told they must lower their thermostats and boilers in preparation in case gas supplies are cut off, with Paris-based agency IEA warning today that the EU must focus on getting underground gas reserve levels to 90% of capacity in case of a complete Russian supply shut-off.
Preparation are already being made in Europe with the German government having approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter to limit use in public buildings. In France, meanwhile, companies have already been warned they may face energy rationing this winter.
Whilst the UK government is yet to announce any energey saving measures, Ofgem has said that it expect s“this winter to be more challenging than last year” and that it is taking “reasonable regulatory steps to mitigate and reduce the risks”.