PARTS of Bolton and Bury have been hit by flooding after a deluge of rain.

The Beehive Roundabout in Horwich is almost covered in water.

Mohammad Umair, owner of JB Minibuses, captured the severe flooding on film and saw a white BMW stranded in the middle of the road. 

Ramsbottom and Summerseat have also been badly affected.

The former Waterside Pub in Summerseat has collapsed.




Bury FC's home game against Barnsley has also been cancelled due to flooding.

You can read more about that here.

Greater Manchester Fire and rescue Service has warned people only to call 999 in a genuine emergency.



Peter O'Reilly ‏from GMFRS said: "More than half of our fire engines are now dealing with weather related incidents within Greater Manchester."



At 1.30pm, the Environment Agency had 81 flood alerts in place for the North West to warn people flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

They include the River Irwell at Summerseat -  areas at risk include land and property at Hamer Terrace, Riverside Drive, Waterside Road, also at risk are properties on Railway Street and North View.

Also on alert is the River Irwell at Ramsbottom where river bank overtopping is expected. Areas at risk include the fire station, the treatment works, Great Eaves Road and Athol Street. Other areas at risk include Garden Street, Kenyon Street, Nuttall Park and Ramsbottom Football and Cricket grounds.

Firefighters are urging people to stay informed and stay safe after 18 flood alerts have been issued for the region by the Flood Warning Information Service.

Crew are currently responding to incidents in Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Salford and Ramsbottom and conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

Eleven parts of Greater Manchester have been issued with a warning, which means flooding is expected and action needs to be taken they are:

River Irwell at Pioneer Mills and Parkside Close

River Roch at Littleborough

River Irwell at Bury Ground

River Irwell at Prestolee and Ringley Bridges

Hey Brook at Rochdale, properties adjacent to the watercourse

Borsdane and Hockery Brook at Hindley

River Irwell at Summerseat, Riverside

River Irwell at Irwell Vale

Walsden Water at Walsden and Todmorden

River Spodden at Whitworth, Daniel Street

River Irwell at Strongstry and Chatterton

A further seven parts of Greater Manchester have been issued with a warning, which means flooding is possible and people should be prepared they are:

River Calder Upper Catchment

Lower River Ribble and Darwen

Lostock and Yarrow Catchment

River Colne, Holme and Fenay Beck

River Glaze catchment including Leigh and East Wigan

Lower River Irwell catchment including areas in Greater Manchester

Upper River Irwell catchment with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by flooding today – we are working tirelessly across the North West to protect life and property.

“If you live in an affected area please do not travel and if you home has been flooded stay out of the water and wait for help.

“Flood water is extremely dangerous, it is dirty, can be fast flowing and often full of debris – the only way to stay safe is to stay out of the water.

“If you’re driving, see water on the road and don’t know how deep it is don’t drive through it – it only takes 30 cm of water to float a car and even less to write your car off.

“Our control operators are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment, so please only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.”

Pictured below, River Irwell at Ringley, taken by Doug Collier

The Bolton News:

There are a number of road closures in place across the Bolton, Rochdale and Wigan areas.

The following roads either have closures in place or have been heavily affected by flooding so please try to avoid these areas as much as possible.


Hardy Mill Road junctions with Milford Road and Patterdale Road

Riverside Drive

Blackburn Road near to Ciao Baby restaurant

Lenham Gardens

Chorley New Road at junctions with Winter Claypool Road and near to Mortimer House

Thicketford Road

Beehive roundabout near to Ingersoll

Church Street West

Winchester Way

Crompton Way

Rigby Lane


Bury Road junction with Mellor Street

Smithy Bridge Road

Milnrow Road junction with Fishwick Street

Todmorden Rod junctions with Victoria Street, Church Street and Temple Lane

Heywood Old Road junction with Langley Lane

Sir Issac Newton Way junction with Kingsway

Tweedale Street junction Manchester Road

Newhey Road, Milnrow

Todd Road

Wardle Road junction with Littleborough Road

Exmouth Street

Pilsworth Road, Heywood

Norden Road

Bamford Road near to Bamford Mews

Rochdale Valley Way

Beswick Road

Entwhistle Road near to Yorkshire Street

Two Bridges Road


East Lancs Road near to junction with Higher Green Lane (Greyhound island) closed in both directions.

As well as these affected roads, trams are not running from Rochdale due to flooding on the lines. The Rochdale line reopens at Shaw and Crompton. Likewise the Bury line is closed up to Whitefield

The following football matches have also been postponed today:
Bury V Barnsley
Rochdale V Crewe
Altrincham V Chester
Wigan V Sheffield United

For more information about flooding in your area please click here or call the 24 hour Floodline on 0345 988 1188.