Heavy rain for Oldham could cause a danger to life - Met Office

Date published: 07 November 2019

The Met Office is warning that fast flowing and deep floodwater could cause a danger to life - after heavy rain is predicted for Oldham.

Homes and businesses could flood, with parts of the region affected by an amber weather warning.

The downpours are expected to continue throughout today and tomorrow.

The amber warning is in place until 3am on Friday.

As part of it, the Met Office website says: "Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.

"Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.

"Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"[There is] a good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads.

"Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses [are] likely."

As a result, drivers are being urged to take extra care on the region's roads - allowing more time for journeys and slowing down.

If visibility is poor, motorists are advised to use dipped headlights and stick to main roads where possible.

Drivers are being told not to avoid driving through floodwater.

The Met Office says that drivers should "think before driving through deep water" and not "stop in standing water, and drive through the highest section of the road slowly". 

They add: "If there is any doubt, don’t enter it.

"Once you have managed to drive through check your brakes and dry them out as quickly as possible – a light touch of the brakes whilst still moving should do the trick."

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