Flooding update - call 999 "only in an emergency"

GREATER Manchester has experienced bouts of torrential rain through the day (Sunday 28 July) and at the time of writing the government’s Flood Information Service reports 11 flood warnings across the city-region which require “immediate action”. There are a further nine flood alerts across Greater Manchester with authorities alerting residents to “be prepared.”

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) would like to encourage the public to remain calm but be vigilant. However, people are reminded that the 999 telephone number is for reporting emergencies only – if you are concerned about flooding in your area please contact your local council’s emergency line, unless the situation is life-threatening or you fear for someone else’s safety.

Group Manager, Mark Threader, added: “It has been a busy weekend for GMFRS and our crews have worked extremely hard, spending a great deal of time clearing water from communities struggling with the bad weather.

“However, like any emergency service our focus has to be on helping those most in need. Local councils have trained and experienced staff, with highways agencies particularly good at responding to reports of blocked drains which might be a cause of flooding.

"If you are concerned about instances of flooding and wish to speak to someone then please contact your council in the first instance, unless you are experiencing an emergency situation in which case dial 999 and request Fire.”

28/07/2019 21:12 PM