Heavy rain for Oldham could put parts of the town at risk of flooding

Date published: 30 September 2019

Parts of Oldham could be at risk of flooding, as heavy rain is predicted for the town on Monday and Tuesday.

Flood alerts - the lowest level of warning from the environment agency - are in place for the Rivers Roch, Irk and Medlock.

No immediate action is being advised, but people are being urged to be prepared.

The environment agency website says: "River levels remain high at the Manchester Racecourse river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. 

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. 

"Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the coming days. 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 and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses."

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