Flood Alert Info - Upper River Irwell catchment with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall

Area Description

The Upper Irwell catchment includes the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limey Water and their tributaries. Other locations which may be affected are around Farnworth, Whitefield, Little Lever, Radcliffe, Bury, Heywood, Whitworth and Bacup.
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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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 10:18
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, Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water 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 17:36
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 10/3/20) afternoon. Consequently, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irwell, Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. We expect river levels to reach flood alert threshold at around 22:00 tonight (09/03/2020), levels will remain high throughout the night until midday tomorrow (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 28 Feb 2020 15:52
River Irwell
River levels are rising at the Littleborough river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries this evening, 28/02/2020. We are not expecting to issue Flood Warnings at this time. 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 24 Feb 2020 08:46
River Irwell
River levels on the Upper Irwell are rising as a result of rainfall in the early hours of this morning, 24/02/2020. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the day. 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 on by 10:30 tomorrow morning 25/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Feb 2020 18:24
River Irwell
River levels on the Upper Irwell have peaked earlier today and are expected to fall throughout 23/02/2020. Further heavy rainfall is expected in the early hours of Monday 24/02/2020 and river levels are expected to rise back up to the flood alert level on Monday morning, 24/02/2020. 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 on Monday morning 24/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Feb 2020 08:11
River Irwell
River levels on the Upper Irwell have peaked and are expected to fall throughout today, 23/02/2020. Further heavy rainfall is expected tonight and river levels could rise back up to the flood alert level in the early hours of Monday morning, 24/02/2020. 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 as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Feb 2020 16:25
River Irwell
River levels on the Upper Irwell are expected to rise again as a result of new rainfall tonight (22/02/2020), going above flood alert level around 05:00am on Sunday (23/02/2020) (Littleborough river gauge). Levels are likely to peak on Sunday morning, approximately between 07:00 and 10:00. 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 on Sunday morning 23/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Feb 2020 15:25
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise at the Littleborough river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. We expect river levels to reach flood alert threshold at around 20:00 tonight (21/02/2020), peaking at around 22:00 tonight and then reducing below threshold in the early hours of Saturday morning (22/02/2020). At this point, we do not expect to issue any flood warnings. We are closely monitoring the situation. 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 15 Feb 2020 18:53
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise on the Upper Irwell catchment as a result of heavy rainfall from Storm Dennis. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is expected this evening, Saturday 15/02/20, and tomorrow morning, Sunday 16/02/20. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water 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 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 9 Feb 2020 17:49
River Irwell
River levels are now falling on the Upper Irwell catchment. However, we believe there is still a possibility of further flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water 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 8 Feb 2020 19:45
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise on the Upper Irwell catchment as a result of Storm Ciara. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is expected early tomorrow morning and throughout the day, Sunday 09/02/20. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Heavy rainfall is forecast overnight and into Sunday morning. We expect river levels to peak around midday on 09/02/20. 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 and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 09/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Dec 2019 19:11
River Irwell
River levels are forecast to rise at the Littleborough river gauge as a result of rainfall tonight (07/12/19) and into the earlier hours of the morning (08/12/19). As a result river levels could potentially reach the flood alert level at some of the river gauges in the Upper Irwell catchment. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible after 20:00 today, 07/12/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. 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 and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Nov 2019 01:13
River Irwel
River levels have begun to drop at the Albert Royds Bridge river gauge. Rainfall is forecast to clear from around 2am on Friday morning. River levels are now below the flood alert level and will continue to drop through Friday morning, however, we are keeping the flood alert out as a precaution. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the situation. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with current advice. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Nov 2019 18:56
River Irwel
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Albert Royds Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. River levels are falling, but still pose a flood risk. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. 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. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 08/11/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Nov 2019 12:00
River Irwel
River levels have risen at the Littleborough river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible from approximately 12:15 today, 07/11/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast throughout today. We expect river levels to peak at approximately 21:00 on 07/11/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens and checking defences. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated this afternoon, 07/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 18:12
River Irwel
Although the rivers are receding they still remain above the Flood Alert threshold. We are expecting further rain through tomorrow and will update the situation as it changes. We will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 11:18
River Irwel
River levels remain high on the Upper Irwell catchment as a result of persistent heavy rainfall, on 29/09/19. We believe there is still a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the coming days. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update with 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 29 Sep 2019 02:42
River Irwel
River levels remain high and though have fallen below the Flood Alert level at Albert Royds Bridge river gauge, the river levels are starting to rise again as a result of the rainfall though out the night. We believe there is still a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast throughout the early hours of this morning 29/09/2019 and is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update with 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 28 Sep 2019 19:58
River Irwel
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Albert Royds Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. We believe there is still a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update with 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 on the 29/09/2019 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 11:00
River Irwel
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible today, 28/09/2019 and into tomorrow, 29/09/2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until tomorrow evening, 29/09/2019. 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 this evening, 28/09/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Aug 2019 09:15
River Irwel
The heavy rainfall this morning and forecast throughout today (Friday 9th August) is causing river levels to rise in the Upper Irwell catchment. As a result river levels could potentially reach the flood alert level at some of the river gauges in the Upper Irwell catchment. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible on Friday 9th August. We are closely monitoring the situation. 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 as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Aug 2019 18:38
River Irwel
Heavy rainfall is forecast over tonight, Thursday 8th August and into tomorrow. As a result river River levels could potentially reach the flood alert level at some of the river gauges in the Upper Irwell catchment. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible from 04:00am on Friday 9th August. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. We are closely monitoring the situation. 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 as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2019 20:22
River Irwel
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible for the next 24hrs. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates 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 28 Jul 2019 11:56
River Irwel
River levels remain high in the Upper Irwell Catchment as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is expected/possible for the next 24 hours. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts or flood warnings if necessary. This message will be updated as the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jul 2019 21:37
River Irwel
River levels are forecast to rise at the Albert Royds Bridge and Irwell Vale river gauges as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible from 05:00 tomorrow, 28/07/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until Sunday afternoon 28/07/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts or flood warnings 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 16 Mar 2019 22:54
River Irwel
River levels in the River Irwell catchment continue to fall. Further showers are forecast throughout 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 11:36
River Irwel
River levels are expected to rise on the Upper Irwell as a result of persistent rainfall forecast throughout Saturday 16th March. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water 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 updates as necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Mar 2019 15:55
River Irwel
River levels are expected to rise on the Upper Irwell as a result of persistent rainfall forecast between 01:00am and 07:00pm Saturday 16th March. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water 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 updates as necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Mar 2019 17:16
River Irwel
River levels are forecast to rise at the Irwell Vale river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and Croal, Limy Water and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast through to Friday 15th March. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates if necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Oct 2017 15:58
Upper River Irwel
A band of heavy rain is expected to cross the area overnight and into the early hours of Wednesday. River levels rose slightly in response to rainfall earlier on Tuesday morning but have once again begun to fall. Catchments remain wet however, and we expect that river levels will rise in response to this further band of rain. Flood Warning levels are not expected to be reached at this time. Once this band of rain has cleared, the rest of Wednesday is expected to be dry which should allow river levels to fall once more. Be aware of your local surroundings and remain safe. We will continue to monitor and will update this message as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Oct 2017 23:06
Upper River Irwel
The Flood Alert for the Upper 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 18:45
Upper River Irwel
River levels are rising throughout the Upper River Irwell Catchment and the heavy rainfall is expected to clear in the next 2 hours. This alert will be updated in due course when situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2017 17:46
Upper River Irwel
Heavy rainfall is forecast in the Upper 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, with levels peaking between 02:00 and 05:00 on (Thursday the 5th October). Levels will remain high 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.