Storm Christoph brought heavy rain to parts of the UK from 19 January, 2021, increasing river levels in parts of North Wales and the North West of England.
The UK’s Met Office said:
“Storm Christoph brought some heavy, and at times record breaking, rain to parts of the UK. Provisional figures show Honister, in Cumbria, received 123.8 mm of rainfall on Tuesday (19th Jan), a new daily rainfall record for this winter and 2021. However, it was well short of England’s all time January daily rainfall record of 180.4mm set in 2005.
Provisional figures also show the 19th was the wettest January day for Rochdale (46.8mm), Preston (43.6 mm) and Stonyhurst, Lancashire (43.8mm) since 1954. While parts of Cleveland, in North Yorkshire received more than their average January rainfall over just 2 days, the 19th and 20th.”
Around 2,000 families evacuated their homes in parts of Manchester and Merseyside, England, and Wrexham in North Wales after heavy rain from Storm Christoph caused rivers to rise overnight, 20 to 21 January 2021.
Media in UK reported further evacuations in Warrington (80 people) and a 48 people from a care home in Northwich. Five people were rescued from floods in Bewsey, Warrington.
Roads were closed in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Shropshire, where 5 people were rescued from trapped vehicles and some train services suspended.
Around 80 people were evacuated after eight streets were left under water in Skewen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales. Flooding was said to be related to mine works in the area.
The Mersey at Northenden, Manchester, reached 3.27 metres on 21 January, where minor flood stage is 1.8 metres. At Sankey Bridges in Warrington, the Mersey reached 4.54 metres, where minor flood stage is 3.8 metres.
Meanwhile in North Wales, the Dee River at Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham, reached its highest ever recorded level of 16.46 metres on 21 January.
Weather conditions have improved, but days of rain☔️ recently means river levels are still high with floods in many areas of #England & #Wales. Less rain to come in the next few days.
Latest flood warnings➡️https://t.co/dbnSFgqDhX
👇Here’s Didsbury, northwest England pic.twitter.com/9z4VumhFHb
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) January 22, 2021
🚨SPECIAL REPORT: @SannyR1985 has been speaking to residents in Northenden on the flooding in our area and West Didsbury as the River Mersey reaches near unprecedented levels.
— Radio Northenden (@RadioNorthenden) January 21, 2021
— Andy Gill (@MerseyHack) January 21, 2021
Yesterday firefighters worked with colleagues from @LancashireFRS and partner agencies to rescue 48 residents from a care home in Northwich.
For more information visit ▶️ https://t.co/AsTXP6VQCd
Fantastic work by all involved 👏 pic.twitter.com/agLvqWPyOr
— Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (@CheshireFire) January 22, 2021