Severe weather and flood warnings for North West

The Environment Agency has issued severe weather warnings for this weekend (6th – 8th July) across the North of England. The Environment Agency will be monitoring the situation and their teams will be mobilised to check and clear any river blockages. There is, however, still a very serious risk of flooding from both rivers and surface water and they are advising people to take precautions.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807 060 or contact the North West 24 hour number on 0777 645 7255. You can also follow regular updates on the Environment Agency website: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx  or on their twitter feed: @envagencynw

Advice on precautions to take is available from the Oldham Council website: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200578/emergencies/886/floods.

The Council will be monitoring drain/gully blockages on public highways. If you have concerns you can contact them on 0161 770 4325 during working hours, or on 0161 770 2222 in an emergency out of hours.

In the event that you do experience flooding your first concern must be to ensure your own safety. If at any time you feel your safety is threatened by rising flood waters, do not hesitate to contact the emergency services on 999. The Association of British Insurers have issued a statement ensuring that insurance companies will seek to be as supportive as possible to those affected by the floods.

If you are flooded you should get to safety as quickly as possible, taking essentials with you, and once you are safe contact your insurer.

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