A number of flood alerts and warnings remain in place across Greater Manchester after Storm Christoph triggered a ‘major incident’ across the region.

The region was battered with torrential rain and snow on Wednesday and thousands of homes had to be evacuated due to rising water levels.

Many of the region's rivers reached 'dangerously high levels', the Environment Agency said, with the River Mersey coming 'very close' to breaching its banks.

It is believed the worst of the flooding chaos has now passed with Greater Manchester Police's 'major incident' response being stood down and the Met Office removing their amber weather warning for rain.

Though two flood warnings in the Trafford area and three flood alerts across the region remain in place today.

Two warnings are in place for the River Bollin at Heatley and the River Bollin and Agden Brook at Little Bollington with 'flooding expected'.

The Environment Agency said river levels are dropping slowly at the Bollington Mill river gauge, though flooding for land and properties near the river remains possible.

All of the flood alerts and warnings in place on Friday (January 22)

Three alerts are in place for the Lower River Irwell catchment including areas in Greater Manchester, Middle River Mersey catchment including areas near Bramhall, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Urmston and Upper River Irwell catchment with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

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Response staff are continuing to monitor water levels and residents living near these areas are being told to 'be prepared'.

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, be aware of your surroundings, and keep up to date with the current situation", the Environment Agency said.

Met Office forecasters have also issued a yellow weather warning for ice which covers much of the region.

A yellow weather warning is in place until 10am on Friday

The warning is in place until 10am today and may lead to difficult travel conditions, forecasters said.

Forecasters predict a cold start to today, with frost for many and snow over hills in Greater Manchester.

Scattered wintry showers are expected, which may be heavy at times, though sunny intervals are expected throughout the day across the region.

Outside it will feel cold with a breeze and temperatures will reach 5C.

Though the worst of the rain has passed, residents living near areas affected by Storm Christoph have been warned to remain alert over the next few days as water levels remain high.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Lee Rawlinson, area director at the Environment Agency, said: “We have to remain vigilant for the next couple of days I’m afraid, the rain is still coming down on the upper highlands and the water levels will still come down into towns and cities over time.

“We as the Environment Agency are encouraging everyone to sign up to flood warnings, use our website and we can keep people alert where the river levels are at and what the latest information is so we can keep people safe.”