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Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester both ways

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M61 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, from J3 for A666 St Peters Way to J4 for A6 Watergate Lane.

M61 Greater Manchester - Temporary closure and stationary on M61 in both directions from J3, A666 (Kearsley Spur) to J4, A6 (Farnworth), because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Suspicious object found at tram stop not dangerous

A suspicious object found near a tram stop in Greater Manchester was found not to be dangerous, police have confirmed.

Freehold
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Bomb disposal officers were sent to Freehold Metrolink stop in Oldham to investigate the scare.

But Greater Manchester Police said the object was "found not to be viable", and was not an explosive.

The force declined to say what the object actually was.

Trams between Newton Heath and Moston, and Westwood later resumed as usual.

Bomb squad dealing with suspicious object at tram stop

A suspicious object has been found near a stop on Greater Manchester's tram network, say police.

Freehold tram stop
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Bomb disposal officers have been sent to the scene at Freehold Metrolink stop, in Oldham, Greater Manchester Police said.

There are no trams running between Newton Heath and Moston, and Westwood on the Rochdale line of the Metrolink.

Metrolink said customers can use their tickets and passes on the 58, 59, 81, 83, 181, 182 and 184 bus services.

Northern services also now accepting tickets between Rochdale and Victoria.

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, from J4 for A6 Watergate Lane to J2 for A580 East Lancashire Road.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's slow on M61 southbound from J4, A6 (Farnworth) to J2 A580 East Lancashire Road, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

In pictures: River Mersey water levels

Nick Saunders has shared these two photographs of the River Mersey before and after the flooding.

Flooding
Nick Saunders

Fire crews on hand to deliver sandbags

Firefighters are continuing to assist with the flooding relief efforts by helping to deliver sandbags.

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Warning of further downpours from noon....

A yellow warning for rain has been put in place by the Met Office for parts of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire from 12:00 to 20:00.

This could impact areas that were flooded yesterday, the Met Office said.

Yellow weather warning
Met Office

Whilst it's by no means a given that the affected areas will catch any fresh downpours, it’s too close to call.

Alan GoodmanMet Office Advisor

Five flood warnings remain in place

The Environment Agency now has five flood warnings in place across Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Flood warnings
Gov.uk

These are for:

  • Poynton Brook at Poynton and Midway
  • Poynton Brook at Wigwam wood and parts of Armcon Business Park
  • River Bollin and Agden Brook at Little Bollington
  • River Bollin at Heatley
  • Timperley Brook at Altrincham

You can see the latest flood warnings here.

North West flooding: Recap of latest developments

Flood sign
BBC

If you're just joining us, here's the very latest situation with the flooding:

  • A total of 19mm of rain fell in the region over eight hours on Wednesday - on top of heavy rain earlier this week
  • Firefighters had to rescue people from flooded properties in Cheshire and Greater Manchester
  • Some flood warnings have now been lifted but five remain in place
  • This weekend's Rewind Festival has been cancelled in Cheshire
  • The A555 airport relief road, which flooded for a second time this week, will remain closed today, Manchester Airport has said
  • More rain is forecast for later and could turn thundery

Stranded boy, 13, rescued from nature reserve

A 13-year-old boy was dramatically rescued from Happy Valley Nature Reserve in Hazel Grove near Stockport after being stranded by flowing water at about 17:00 BST on Wednesday.

We're told by GMFRS that one of its firefighters "involuntarily entered" the fast-flowing water and had to be rescued by his colleagues.

The rescue involved "acts of bravery" and was "difficult", a spokesperson said.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed two patients had been taken to hospital.

GMFRS reveals details of hugely busy evening in Stockport area

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have had a hugely busy afternoon and evening.

A spokesman said its officers were first at the scene of the floods in the Stockport area from 16:00 BST.

Four men were rescued from flooded firm of funeral directors

Two women and four dogs were rescued from a house

Four men and a woman were helped from a corner shop

Other residents, who chose to stay in their homes, were assisted by firefighters

Rail disruption continues

Flooding has disrupted all lines between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow, train operator Northern has said.

Disruption is expected until at 08:00.

Weather: Scattered showers later

Largely dry and cloudy this morning followed by a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon.

This morning's all-important weather forecast

There's a warning that any showers that develop could be thundery and slow-moving.

The good news is that any lingering sharp showers should clear away through this evening.

After that we're in for a much-needed dry night.

North West flooding: Latest news

Widespread flooding has affected Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Here's a summary of what's happened:

  • Poynton in Cheshire and Bramhall in Stockport were worst hit
  • Eleven people were rescued by Poynton Fire Service from flood water
  • In Greater Manchester 11 people and four dogs were rescued
  • Flooding has caused major disruption to rail and road networks

Neil Griffiths, from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service says flood waters are now beginning to recede.

'Severe disruption' to rail services caused by floods

Flooding has caused "severe disruption" to rail services in the region, Northern says.

The following services have been affected:

  • Crewe – Wilmslow
  • Salford Crescent – Wigan Wallgate
  • Macclesfield – Stoke-on-Trent
  • Manchester Piccadilly – Chester
  • Manchester - Chester via Altrincham
  • Stockport and Buxton
  • Wilmslow and Manchester Airport

It said it has not been possible to provide rail replacement services for all cancellations "due to the poor conditions of the roads".

Eleven people and four dogs rescued in Stockport

Eleven people and four dogs have been rescued from the deluges in Bramhall, Stockport.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it had been in the area since 16:00 helping people getting into difficulty in the rising water levels.

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Flooding causes major disruption across north

Roads have been closed, rail services cancelled and homes flooded as severe downpours affect large areas ofthe north of England.

Woman walking in flooded road in Prestbury, Cheshire
PA Media

A day of heavy rain has led to 16 flood warnings across the North West, the North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

cAR SUBMERGED IN WATER
PA Media
Collapsed bridge
PA Media

Problems include:

  • Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has declared a major incident amid widespread problems in Poynton.
  • Vehicles were left trapped in the town, and a nursery, several homes and a farm were also swamped.
  • Poynton's town clerk posted a tweet to say people affected by the flooding were welcome at the town's civic hall.
  • Flood water has also caused disruption to the motorway network, resulting in the closure of the M60 between Stockport and Cheadle earlier.
  • Earlier a bridge collapsed as flash flooding hit part of North Yorkshire when a month's rain fell in four hours.

Standing water causing long delays on Princess Parkway

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Tailbacks are building on the M56 after standing water closed two northbound lanes of the A5103 Princess Parkway.

Transport for Greater Manchester has urged drivers to plan their journeys to avoid queues.

Fire service 'inundated' with calls

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has says staff were "inundated" with emergency calls about flooding over the last 24 hours.

Flooding in Manchester on Sunday
Reuters

North West Fire Control - the joint 999 service for Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester - received 116 emergency calls between 08:00 on Sunday and 08:00 on Monday.

GMFRS said some calls were from people whose cellars and basements had flooded, while others involved vehicles stranded in flood water.

Met Office weather warnings in place for later this week

BBC Weather

The Met Office has put yellow weather warnings in place for thunderstorms for the North West on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Outbreaks of heavy rain are due to arrive early on Tuesday and spread further and become more widespread during the day on Wednesday.

Read more from BBC Weather

Tuesday's weather warning
Met Office
The weather warning for Tuesday
Wednesday's weather warning
Met Office
The weather warning for Wednesday