Storm Franklin has hit the region overnight with heavy rain and high winds bringing travel chaos to the region

This morning the M60 is shut in both directions over the Barton Bridge due to an overturned vehicle

Due to the severe weather and numerous incidents, Northern Rail are terminating all services in the North West.

“No further trains until at least 10:30, and this might be extended.
Do not attempt to travel, do not head to stations as there are no alternatives.”

Meanwhile due to a tree on the line in Irk Valley near Victoria, Metrolink services are currently being disrupted.

The following service patterns are in place:

Bury Line – No service between Whitefield and Victoria Station.
Rochdale/Oldham Line – No service between Monsall and Victoria Station.
Altrincham to Velopark
Ashton to Trafford Bar
Airport to Piccadilly

Water levels on the River Mersey are now stabilising and are beginning to decrease and the West Didsbury and Northenden severe flood warnings have been lifted.

Last night the river passed its highest level ever recorded (November 2000), more than double its normal range. The reading was taken at Brinksway.

Residents in 430 homes on Palatine Rd, Mersey Road, Spath Rd and Hollies Estate and the emergency has been stepped down this morning,Didsbury Mosque remains open for evacuees

Manchester Council leader Bev Craig tweeted

“Thankfully after the peak at 4am, emergency evacuation operations on the ground were stood down and we got through the night without any flooding or damage to properties. Thanks again to everyone involved and to the hundreds of residents who were impacted.”

The Environment Agency also issued several other flood alerts and flood warnings across Greater Manchester – including at the River Roch, Upper River Irwell, River Glaze and River Bollin.


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