River Douglas on flood alert

The Environment Agency are continuing to monitor water levels on the River Douglas after issuing a flood alert for areas of Wigan following heavy rain overnight and this morning and more forecast tonight.

Monday, 22nd August 2016, 2:34 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd August 2016, 4:34 pm
The Wigan River Douglas flood alleviation scheme is keeping the heavy rain and floods at bay

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Heavy rainfall overnight has caused river levels to rise. The rainfall is expected to have passed over by early afternoon.

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“The Environment Agency will continue to monitor and will update if the situation changes.”

A flood alert means, although flooding is not expected to occur, it is possible, and people in the affected areas should be prepared.