‘If the water rises another metre, we could be in big trouble.’

Some residents in South Manchester say they are 'preparing for evacuation' as the River Mersey reaches the highest levels ever recorded on the waterway and roads become flooded.

'Flooding to properties is expected', according to the Environment Agency.

Greater Manchester Police declared a major incident on Tuesday evening and the Met Office warns of a 'danger to life' due to fast flowing or deep floodwater.

As water levels continue to rise, Palatine Road in Didsbury has been shut in both directions by police due to heavy flooding from Princess Parkway (Britannia Junction, Northenden ) to Barlow Moor Road (Didsbury).

Storm Christoph brings flooding

Staff at Didsbury Golf Club, which lies within the police cordon, have expressed fears that the flooding caused by Storm Christoph will continue to get worse overnight.

There have also been concerns that the bridge through the area 'has become structurally unsound' with sandbags currently being ferried to the scene.

Alan Collins, member of the committee of Didsbury Golf Club, told the Manchester Evening News : "The golf club is okay at the moment, we’re still monitoring the height of the water because there’s various patches of land below water level.

The River Mersey is at record levels

"Once it reaches the embankment, then we can get into danger. At the moment it seems to be holding up.

"It’s at the highest we’ve ever seen. We’ve warned all the ground staff, warned by the environmental agency. It’s just fingers crossed now.

"It’s going to be fairly bad tonight - that’s the forecast. If it starts to rise another meter, then we could be in trouble. Trees are coming down the river, they’re going to cause a lot of damage. It’s just guesswork at the moment.

"Hopefully everyone is safe, that's the main thing. If it gets bad, we won't be able to get onto the course, we’ll have to ride this one out."

Residents near to Palatine Road are 'preparing for evacuation'

The head groundskeeper lives on site with his family, he is preparing to evacuate, says the committee member.

"The head groundskeeper and course manager lives there with his family, we’ve told them to really take notice of this," said Mr Collins.

"If it looks like it’s going to be a very large rise then they’ve got to get out. Never had to do that before.

"The last time the river was this depth was in the 1960s, when they were building the ring road the motorway, it actually flooded the entire golf course.

"What I’m concerned about is the entrance to the road. Once there’s water on the tarmac that covers the cobbles, it gets underneath it and washes all the foundations away. Doesn't take much to take the road away"

Sandbags arrived on Palatine Road amid flooding

An emergency flood plan is understood to have been activated at nearby Sale Water Park.

Flood gates have also been opened, taking some water away from the river and moving it to nearby fields.

The highest level ever recorded for the River Mersey is 3.69m, and was reached on Monday November 21 2016 at 3:45am.

Current levels on the River Mersey at Ashton Weir are just below that level, with heavy rain set to continue.

Footage also shows the river in parts of Northenden and West Didsbury close to bursting its banks.

"River levels are rising at the Didsbury river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall associated with Storm Christoph," the Environment Agency has said.

Police are remaining at the scene this evening

"Consequently, flooding to properties is expected.

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for land and property close to the River Mersey at Didsbury Golf Course and Cheadle Wood."

Mr Collins added: "It’s a strange one, but it’s almost as if you’re seeing history before your very eyes. There is a temptation to go out and have a look."

The swollen rive could flood properties, says the Environment Agency

At neighbouring Withington Golf Course, staff are also concerned.

"I've never known it to get to this level before," said one woman who works at the course.

"We’ve lived here for 20 years now and we’re used to flooding around here but we’ve never seen it get up to this road before."

But in one corner of the neighbourhood, the show must go on.

Production on a Sky television show is taking place at Withington Golf Club, with food vans and tents all set up.

Production on the shoot is believed to be continuing into the night, despite the weather.

River levels in the area are expected to peak at 11pm.