UK floods: Hundreds evacuated amid ‘danger to life’ warning ‘Leave your home!’

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Two severe flood warnings have been issued in south Manchester which could pose a “danger to life”. 

Both East and West Didsbury have been put under the highest warning level after the River Mersey burst its banks, with some residents in the area being told to evacuate their homes.

It is understood that 460 homes are at risk.

According to the Government flooding service, both areas are at risk due to “heavy and persistent rainfall resulting in rising river levels on the River Mersey”.

Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council said the “process of evacuation was already underway”.

She added: “If asked to leave your home we would strongly advise you do so. Flooding can be extremely dangerous which is why we are working diligently to get residents to safety.

“Emergency rest centres have been set up at the Wythenshawe Forum and Didsbury Mosque where people who cannot stay with relatives or friends will be able to find shelter if evacuated.”

A weather warning is due to remain in place until Monday morning at the earliest.

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