The Environment Agency is warning residents and emergency responders across the North West of England to prepare for an increased risk of flood caused by sustained rainfall this evening.
Two flood alerts and four warnings have been issued for river and surface water flooding affecting Lancashire and South Cumbria.
With changeable weather patterns, alerts and warnings are also possible for North Liverpool, North Manchester and Warrington overnight and into Monday morning.
The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the region to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
The public are urged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest information: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.
Anyone concerned about potential flooding should sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.
Steve Moore, Regional Director for the North West Environment Agency said: “We are urging people to be vigilant as wet weather is expected to affect the North West region tonight.
“We advise people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding.
“We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.”