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In pictures: River Mersey water levels

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

Clearer weather in store, but more rain later

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The weather is set to be calmer with the region becoming cloudy with some sunshine, and highs of 23C.

However - rain is expected to return on Tuesday and Wednesday with a Met Office yellow warning for thunderstorms in place.

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Send us your flooding photos and stories

Have you been caught up in the deluge? How are the water levels in your area?

Please email your stories and photographs to nwt@bbc.co.uk

Or you can tweet us @BBCNWT

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Flood warnings in place

Four flood warnings remain in place across Greater Manchester:

  • Midgelden Brook at Bacup Road - Gauxholme
  • River Mersey at Cheadle Wood and Ford lane
  • River Spodden at Whitworth, Daniel Street
  • Walsden Water at Walsden
Greater Manchester flood warnings

And the Environment Agency says flooding is possible in the following areas:

  • Middle River Mersey catchment including areas near Bramhall, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Urmston
  • River Bollin catchment, including Knutsford, Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Bollington
  • Upper River Calder catchment
  • Upper River Irwell catchment with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall

Canal boat owners feared being swept away

Castlefield basin

Canal boat owners said they feared being swept away as heavy rain turned water around Manchester's Castlefield basin into a torrent.

The rising water was captured by photographer Ashley Stocks as it encroached onto towpaths and roads nearby.

Castlefield basin

Couple sick of flooding demand action from council

Homeowners in Rochdale have called for the local authority to act - after repeatedly falling victim to flooding.

Mavis and Jack Ripley were among those hit by the deluge as more than a month's worth of rain fell in the town over 48 hours.

Mavis and Jack Ripley

Rochdale Council has been approached for comment.