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Manchester Flooding Damage Revealed By Drone Footage Showing Pub Washed Away By Water

26/12/2015 18:20 GMT | Updated 27/12/2015 14:59 GMT

Shocking drone footage has revealed how a 200-year-old pub was washed away by flood water on Boxing Day.

The Riverside in Summerseat, Greater Manchester, collapsed and was swept away by the swollen River Irwell.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and thousands are without power after widespread flooding in the North West, with more rain forecast.

As of 6pm, there were 22 severe flood warnings, 236 warnings and 144 alerts in force in England and Wales from the Environment Agency.

The Met Office also issued two of its most serious red weather warnings - danger to life - for the area.

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A caravan park inundated by flood water after the River Nidd burst its banks in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Residents in Whalley and Ribchester in Lancashire were forced to abandon their homes when flood waters poured through the streets after torrential downpours, the Press Association reported.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service warned people to stay away from affected areas and told motorists not to drive unless they have to.

Flood sirens sounded at Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd in Calderdale, Yorkshire, as the water breached defences.

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About 10,000 homes in Rochdale and Lancashire lost their electricity supply after a main substation was damaged.

Alison Baptiste, Environment Agency flood duty manager, said: "Our thoughts are with all those who've been coping with serious flooding to their homes and businesses repeatedly over Christmas and those who face the risk of further flooding.

"On Boxing Day we have issued several severe flood warnings meaning a risk to life, we urge people to check their flood risk, prepare for flooding, follow advice from emergency services and never to risk driving through flood water."