Manchester has declared a major incident ahead of Storm Christoph
The emergency measures have been ordered by a special Strategic Co-ordination Group set up as the region braces itself for the arrival of Storm Christoph. The group has urged anyone with concerns about flooding in the area to contact their local authority.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said: "In order to ensure that we're as prepared as possible for the heavy rainfall expected from Storm Christoph, we have declared a major incident.
"The safety of the public is our number one priority and we're continuing to work alongside partner agencies across the region.
"Whilst we appreciate that everyone has been told to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make it clear that should members of the public need to evacuate to protect themselves due to flooding then that is the priority and you should follow your local authority's advice regarding evacuation.
"Heavy rainfall is expected from later today and that could cause flooding in several areas across Greater Manchester - we are preparing for this and are continuing to monitor the situation very closely. We will continue to provide updates as often as we can."