Torrential rain sparks flood alerts

July 6, 2012 10:32 am

flooded streets

Many people in the UK, particularly in the North West, Midlands and the East are experiencing heavy and persistent rain today which has sparked an amber alert from the Met Office. The amber alert is a warning for those affected to be prepared for severe weather, with chances of flooding. More than 80 alerts have been issued across the UK as there are two bands of heavy rain expected to move across the country. Some forecasters have predicted almost a months worth of rain is due today!

So far Altrincham seems to have been relatively unaffected by the weather (although I personally got soaked from my car to the office!), there has been flooding on the roads in the surrounding areas including Knutsford, Wilmslow and the M6 motorway. Many have experienced delays getting in to work, but overall things have been running relatively smoothly despite many saying that the UK isn’t cut out for any extremes in the weather.

The Environment agency has released a statement urging people to drive safely, especially in the hardest hit areas. They said:

“We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding. We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood water and not attempting to walk or drive through it.”

The alert on the Met Office is valid from the 0005 on Fri 6 July 2012 – 2355 Fri 6 July 2012, so hopefully the rain will let up a bit in time for Altrincham festival on Saturday! If not then make sure you have your umbrella, wellies and waterproofs!

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