Labour leaders have urged the government to make evacuations Covid-safe as widespread flooding may force people from their homes.

People from different households may need to take shelter in evacuation centres as Storm Christoph batters Greater Manchester.

The statement, from North West Labour, urged the government to put in place clear Covid-safe contingency plans for any evacuations and ensure all frontline workers have access to adequate PPE.

The Labour group also called on the government to deliver on previous commitments to flood-hit communities and ensure councils have the support they need to protect communities.

Up to 3,000 properties are at risk of flooding in parts of Greater Manchester during the storm, police have warned.

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The main areas at risk are around the River Mersey relating to Didsbury, Northenden, Sale, and potentially leading into parts of Stretford and Flixton.

Torrential rainfall has also led to road closures and flooding elsewhere across the region.

Labour MP Angela Rayner

An amber weather warning for rain is in place until 6am tomorrow.

Ashton MP Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson has broken promise after promise to flood hit areas and now large parts of the North West are at risk of further severe floods and Greater Manchester has declared a major incident in the middle of a pandemic.

“The North West has already been hit hard by the pandemic.

A flood warning outside The Lowry Hotel

"We need urgent action and support from the government to secure people’s homes and livelihoods in the face of this new threat.”

Labour’s Shadow Flooding Minister Stephanie Peacock MP, said: “Once again the government’s response to inevitable flood events has been slow and uncoordinated.

"To make matters worse, many communities are still waiting for support they were promised over a year ago.

“We must ensure councils are supported to protect people, businesses, and local communities, and that all of the necessary precautions are also in place to protect those fighting the floods in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In a statement earlier today, Boris Johnson said that he wants to ensure every part of the UK is prepared in the case of flooding from Storm Christoph.

The Prime Minister, who chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra civil contingencies committee earlier on Wednesday, said they had looked particularly at what was happening in Manchester.

“We have got a situation potentially developing there,” he told reporters.

“We are looking at a pattern of rainfall, possibly not so bad this week but worse possibly next week.”

He said steps were being taken to ensure the transport and energy networks were prepared so that electricity outages would not be “severe” and that there were sufficient supplies of sandbags.