Flood alerts are in place tonight in Oldham and Tameside with images showing the River Tame reaching 'extremely high water levels'.

Storm Christoph continues to bring torrential rain across Greater Manchester and it is forecast to continue into Thursday morning.

A large number of flood alerts are in place and in some places authorities are warning people may have to evacuate.

In Tameside, the council posted a video of high water levels at Tame Street in Stalybridge and said the bridge is now closed.

"We have closed the bridge at Tame Street, Stalybridge, as a precautionary measure because of extremely high water levels," the tweet said.

"Please stay away from the river while the water levels are so high."

The River Tame is also extremely high in Delph.

Oldham Council said in a tweet the authority "is aware of the situation and is working with the Environment Agency and other partners to monitor the situation."

Due to the risk of flooding, the council also had to close its covid-19 testing centre at the Dog Training School, Chew Valley Road, Greenfield.

A flood alert is in place which relates to Stalybridge, Denton, Ashton-under-lune, Glossop and Hyde.

It reads: "A prolonged period of heavy rain associated with Storm Christoph will continue to cause river levels to rise at the Woolley Bridge Gates river gauge and consequently flooding of property or roads and farmland is possible.

The River Tame in Stalybridge town centre

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Micker, Cringle, Sinderland and Poynton Brooks and their tributaries.

"Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and we expect river levels to remain high until Friday.

"Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary.

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

A similar warning is in place relating to the River Irwell which affects parts of Oldham.

"River levels are continuing to rise at the Littleborough river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall," it says.

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"Consequently, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries."