THE Environment Agency is warning of a risk of surface water flooding due to heavy showers in the area over the next two days.
These showers will be short, sharp and often heavy in places.
Flooding from surface water happens when the local drainage system cannot cope with rainfall.
It is extremely difficult to predict precisely where surface water flooding will happen as it depends on ground levels, the amount of rainfall, and the local drainage network.
Steve Moore, Director North West said, “The North West has experienced some severe weather over the last week, and with further rain forecast for the next few hours, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.
“Our thoughts are with those people whose homes and businesses have been affected by flooding. Our staff, along with local authority partners have been out working hard to provide communities with as much assistance and information as possible.”
The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the North to check and clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
If necessary, the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts and flood warnings.
Information can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx or keep track on Twitter via @envagencynw and @envagencyyne.