"Biblical" rain from Storm Ciara causes chaos

Flash floods brought chaos across Saddleworth and other parts of Oldham on Sunday, with reports of homes flooded, as Storm Ciara swept through the region in devastating fashion.

Villagers in Dobcross said a rain storm of "biblical" proportions swept down hillsides and lanes, bringing water and debris into homes.

This picture, taken near the Austerlands war memorial on Huddersfield Road, shows the torrent cascading near a hair salon.

Other villages are reporting rising water levels on roads caused by blocked drains making driving hazardous.

In the meantime, travellers are gearing up for "misery Monday" when the A635 Greenfield-Holmfirth Road is scheduled to close for major resurfacing work for 10 days, with diversions via the A628. Traffic from Holmfirth will be able to journey through Saddleworth in a slow moving convoy, with long delays expected. 

The alternative route is A635 Manchester Road/Wakefield Road/A6018 Mottram Road, A628 Manchester Road/Woodhead Road/A616 Whams Road/Sheffield Road/A635 Holmfirth Road/New Mill Road.

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