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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 January 2008, 19:56 GMT
Rain floods more than 70 houses
Flooding in Radcliffe
The water level rose to 3ft (0.9m) on one street
More than 70 homes in a Greater Manchester town have been flooded after heavy rainstorms caused a nearby reservoir to overflow.

A main road has also been closed and tram services suspended by the flash flooding in Radcliffe.

Bury Council said the water formed a 7ft (2.1m) deep pool behind an embankment before seeping onto streets.

Tram services have been suspended between Bury and Whitefield and will not be operating on Friday morning.

Water levels rose to about 3ft (0.9m) on one street. Firefighters have been pumping the water into a local canal.

Bury Council's emergency planning team has distributed up to 1,000 sandbags to residents on Rigby Avenue, Blenmar Close and Withins Avenue.

Some homes are without an electricity supply but no-one has requested to be evacuated, a council spokesman said.

Flooding in Radcliffe
Some homes have been left without electricity

Greater Manchester Fire Service has been using specialist equipment to pump the water away.

A spokeswoman for Bury Council said: "The council and emergency services have been working since dawn this morning to secure the area with sandbags and they are not expecting the situation to worsen."

It is believed a blockage in a large drain caused an overflow system to break down.

A section of Bury Road is shut to traffic and motorists travelling from Radcliffe towards Bury are being diverted down North Street to Cross Lane, police said.

Vehicles heading in the opposite direction are being diverted down Eton Hill Road.

A mobile police incident room has been set up at the site.

Replacement bus services are in place of the Metrolink between Whitefield and Bury.

Engineers will inspect the track on Friday morning to determine when services will resume.

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The scene of the floods in Bury



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