Flood Alert Info - Lower River Irwell catchment including areas in Greater Manchester

Area Description

The Lower River Irwell catchment also includes the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries..
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 10:13
River Irwell
River levels are remaining steady as a result of the recent rainfall, we expect levels to begin falling later this afternoon, however further showers are forecast for over the coming days. Consequently, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irwell, Irk, Medlock and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated by 10:00 on 11/3/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2020 17:38
River Irwell
River levels are rising and will continue to rise throughout the evening and through the night. Further rainfall is forecast for the rest of the evening until tomorrow afternoon (10/3/20). Consequently, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irwell, Irk, Medlock and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. We expect river levels to reach flood alert in the early hours of the morning on 10/3/20 and levels will remain high throughout the day (10/3/20). Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated by 10:00 on 10/3/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 12:34
River Irwell
River levels are rising at the Manchester RC river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible until later tonight, 24/02/2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 07:11
River Irwell
River levels are rising at the Manchester RC river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall from Storm Dennis. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible today, 16/02/20, around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 17:34
River Irwell
River levels are now falling on the Lower Irwell catchment. However, we believe there is still a possibility of further flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates as necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with the current situation and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 09:19
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise at the Manchester RC river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible this afternoon, the 9th February 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. We expect river levels to peak around 12:45pm on 09/02/20. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 15:08
River Irwell
River levels remain high at the Manchester Racecourse river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall on 29/09/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the coming days. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 06:20
River Irwell
River levels are rising at the Manchester Racecourse river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall on 29/09/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the coming days. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Aug 2019 18:46
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise at the Manchester Race Course river gauge on 16/08/19 as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible between 19:30 today and 03:00am tomorrow, 17/09/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. We expect river levels to peak at 23:45 on 16/08/19. Our incident response staff closely monitoring the weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jul 2019 15:54
River Irwell
River levels have risen at the Manchester Racecours river gauge, on 31/07/019 as a result of localised thunderstorms. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue (further) flood warnings if necessary. This message will be updated this evening 31/07/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 22:53
River Irwell
River levels on the River Irwell continue to fall. Further showers are forecast throughout tomorrow Sunday 17th March. We will continue to monitor the forecast and issue updates if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up-to-date with the current situation.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 12:19
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise at the Manchester Racecourse river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible throughout Saturday 16th March 2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood updates if necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Oct 2017 23:08
Lower River Irwell
The Flood Alert for the Lower Irwell remains in force. The worst of the rainfall has passed and rivers are receding below the Flood Alert level. Further scattered showers are expected in the early hours of the morning and we will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Oct 2017 22:16
Lower River Irwell
Due to the recent heavy rainfall in the Irwell uplands, river levels have been increasing downstream in the Salford area and rivers are crossing the Flood Alert level . The worst of the rain has now passed and river levels in the Salford area should start falling around midnight. Further scattered showers are expected tomorrow morning and we will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2017 17:35
Lower River Irwell
Heavy rainfall is forecast in the Lower River Irwell area from late afternoon today (Wednesday 4th October) until tomorrow morning (Thursday the 5th October). Current forecasts suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river from the early hours on the 5th October. We expect the river to remain high throughout the evening through to tomorrow morning though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for, and clearing, blockages in this location