999 Calls flood in as GMFRS battle the elements

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have been inundated with reports of flooding in the last 24 hours as a deluge of rain battered the North West.

North West Fire Control received 116 emergency calls in the 24 hour period between 8.00am on Sunday, July 28 and 8.00am on Monday, July 29.

With the Met Office issuing in excess of 20 flood warnings for Greater Manchester, crew in all corners of the county were called upon to assist the public with the boroughs of Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside hit the hardest.

A large number of calls came from concerned residents whose cellars and basements were flooded while there were a number of people whose vehicles had become stranded in flood water.

12.30pm - Dalebrook Road, Sale

Flooding affecting between 10 and 15 houses caused by an overflowing brook. Fire crew worked with Environment Agency the local authority to pump water, unblock surface drains and lay sandbags.  

7.47pm – Dale Street/Kiln Lane, Rochdale

Flooding affected businesses in the Dale Street and Kiln Lane area of Milnrow in Rochdale. Firefighters pumped water from the cellar of a pub and carpet showroom as well as from the roadway into the nearby River Beal.  

7.49pm – Stannybrook Road, Failsworth

Vehicles parked in roadway affected by flooding. GMFRS deployed a boat to rescue five people who were stranded. Fire crew remained in attendance for around two hours and 30 minutes.

Article Published: 29/07/2019 09:26 AM