Parts of South Manchester and the surrounding areas were hit torrential storms and by flash flooding in Stockport where between 40-50mm rain fell in just 1 hour.
One of the worst affected areas was Bramhall. The area around Bridge Lane and the Bramhall roundabout suffered its second flooding of the summer leaving shops and homes once again under water.
Despite being on much higher ground, Bramhall village couldn’t escape as water levels rose and flooded into the shops, restaurants and bars along Bramhall Lane.
Yesterday evening’s storm caused chaos across south Manchester hitting transport links and the forcing the postponement of Manchester City’s Champions League match with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Metrolink services were brought to a standstill, while matches at Stockport County and Macclesfield Town were postponed and the game between Stockport Town and Ashton Town was abandoned after kick-off
There are currently eight flood warnings in place for Greater Manchester including Cheadle, following last night’s storms.
Stockport council are urging businesses to get in touch to let them know how bad the flooding is and continues to disrupt their business. While most damage should be covered by insurance, any business that requires support should contact the Growth Team at Stockport Council.
Councillor Alexander Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “Following last night’s floods, Council officers have been working closely with teams from the emergency services to help people and businesses and provide the necessary support. We’ll begin the process of clearing up and Council staff, along with Environment Agency staff, will be doing visits to residents hit by the worst of the floods. We will also be contacting affected businesses.
“I also want to pay tribute to those communities that have been affected by the floods and commend them for helping one another out in times of need.
“For the latest information available, residents should visit www.stockport.gov.uk/floodingsupport. This includes the latest news on the flooding and links to the latest weather and travel information.”
The council have also published the following advice to those affected by the floods.
- If the premises have been flooded or water damaged the electrical/gas installation should be checked by a competent person prior to reconnection;
- Any electrical plant machinery equipment which has been affected should not be used unless checked and verified safe by a competent person;
- If the heating system for the premises is affected it should be checked by a competent person before being brought back into use;
- If you have portable heaters, space heaters etc to dry out your premises, ensure that they are positioned in well ventilated areas away from combustible materials;
- If the premises are provided with a fire safety system such as fire alarms or emergency lighting systems, it is recommended that they are checked and tested by a competent engineer prior to the reoccupation of the premises;
- If you have hazardous materials or substances on your premises which have been affected by water, you should seek specialist advice prior to disposal;
- Businesses are advised to speak to their respective Local Authority regarding waste disposal
- If your premises have structural damage which may be a danger as a result of flooding or storm damage, you should contact your local authority prior to occupation.
- If you have any fire safety concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 555 815
- Businesses are advised to speak to insurers before disposing of any flood damaged material