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Storm Christoph to be replaced by temperatures as low as -10C – but more floods possible next week

Written by on 22/01/2021

Temperatures could drop as low as -10C in the coming days, as heavy rain brought by Storm Christoph is replaced by sub-zero conditions this weekend.

Parts of the North West of England devastated by flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday turned drier overnight on Thursday as the storm moved eastwards.

“Thankfully the areas that saw a lot of rain have certainly been a bit drier today,” Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said on Thursday.

Flood waters at Withington Golf Club in the Didsbury area of Manchester, as Storm Christoph causes widespread flooding across the UK. Picture date: Thursday January 21, 2021.
Image: Withington Golf Club in Didsbury, Manchester covered in floodwater

But he warned that flood-hit areas are to turn “more wintry”, with a yellow warning for ice in place across Wales, the North West of England, west coast of Scotland and large parts of Northern Ireland until 10am on Friday.

Although the rain is due to ease in places like Manchester and Cheshire, where thousands have been evacuated from their homes, there could be more flooding next week.

Environment Secretary George Eustice warned that “the danger has not passed” after chairing the government’s emergency COBRA committee on Thursday.

“The water levels remain high and there is the risk of possible further flooding next week so everyone needs to remain vigilant, follow the advice and sign up for flood alerts,” he said.

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The River Dee in Farndon, Cheshire, still carries a “danger to life” warning with water levels expected to peak at 10m (32ft).

Gabrielle Burns-Smith erects a road closed sign on Warrington Lane on the outskirts of Lymm in Cheshire as Storm Christoph causes widespread flooding across the UK. Picture date: Thursday January 21, 2021.
Image: Lymm in Cheshire was battered by heavy rain during Storm Christoph

There are a further 178 flood warnings and 176 flood alerts in place across the whole of England.

On Thursday, more than 2,000 residents were evacuated from their flood-hit homes in Didsbury, Manchester after heavy rain and snow.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of “more to come” and “further rain next week” on an emergency visit to the area.

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Boris Johnson visits Didsbury in Greater Manchester

“It is vital that people who are in potentially affected areas follow the advice and get the Environment Agency flood alerts where they can,” he said.

At a care home in Northwich, Cheshire, 40 elderly residents were led to safety in dinghies as the town sat largely underwater on Thursday.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service had already rescued 21 people from Lea Court nursing home in Warrington earlier that day.

A flooded road and fields are seen after storm Christoph arrived in Bangor-on-Dee, Britain, January 21, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Image: Bangor-on-Dee is seen flooded in Wales

In Bangor-on-Dee and Skewen in north Wales, residents were also instructed to leave their homes.

A man’s body was pulled from the River Taff in Blackweir near Cardiff on Thursday.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, South Wales Police said.

Elsewhere in Wales, emergency teams were called out to protect supplies of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine following flooding at Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Residents of a care home are evacuated after the river Weaver burst banks in Northwich, Britain, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Molly Darlington
Image: Care home rescue in Northwich, Cheshire

It came after a grandfather ended up in hospital having accidentally swallowed sewage water when his house in Chester flooded on Wednesday night.

Chris Spencer and his wife Marlene, who are both 70, were rescued from their home with the help of their granddaughter Alex Roberts after dirty water began seeping in.

The 20-year-old said her grandfather swallowed the water after falling over and hurting his back.

He was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia before being discharged on Thursday morning.

 Sky News

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