Storm Christoph is heading our way, warns Met Éireann

Storm Christoph is heading our way, warns Met Éireann

We urge people to keep away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water - it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your auto.

A 2019 study by the University of York and the National Centre for Social Research, following severe floods in 2013-2014 that inundated 10,000 homes in Britain, found those flooded were 50% more likely to be anxious, depressed or otherwise in poor mental health. The Environment Agency said levels of the River Alt were expected to remain high and flooding was possible on Thursday.

There are amber and yellow weather warnings in force until Thursday for the storm, which is also threatening to bring snow to northern areas.

Up to 200mm of rain is possible across parts of north Wales, which the Met Office said was because of an area of "low pressure" set to move in on Monday evening.

While Ireland avoided the worst of the Atlantic storm - spot flooding and even flash floods on mountainous areas across the west and midlands was expected.

Stephen Rhodes, from Transport from Greater Manchester, said there was disruption across the network.

Winter weather Jan 19th 2021
A road closed sign at a ford crossing near Middle Barton Oxfordshire on Tuesday

He said the government was working to ensure it was "totally prepared" for floods "in every part of the UK".

These amounts of rainfall along with snow melt present a real threat of flooding and people should keep a close eye on flood warnings from the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

"People may think this is a minor issue at the moment, still relevantly minor by standards of previous floods, but never underestimate the suffering, the misery, that floods can cause people".

Speaking at an online press briefing, Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said areas of Didsbury, Northenden and Sale near the River Mersey could potentially be affected by flooding, with a peak expected at 11pm on Wednesday.

Labour's shadow floods minister Stephanie Peacock said urgent action was needed.

Officials also say that some communities may be cut off by flooded roads and there is the possibility of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses.

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