On Boxing Day, substantial quantities of rain fell in Greater Manchester causing both homes and businesses to experience flooding.

These are the worst floods in Greater Manchester in living memory. Salford last flooded to this extent in 1946 and 1954, however this level of widespread flooding is unprecedented.

It is estimated that around 2,227 properties have been affected. The effects were truly devastating.

River flood defences were damaged and canal walls and bridges have been lost. In Radcliffe a gas main exploded when a bridge collapsed, leaving residents without gas supplies until National Grid could divert gas from elsewhere. Listed buildings, key to a community’s heritage and cultural identity, have also been damaged.

A number of residential care homes were evacuated to safeguard the lives and wellbeing of vulnerable residents. The Foodbank in Rochdale lost half its stock. One pub collapsed in Somerseat and is being demolished, and the Mark Addy pub was flooded and may never reopen having experienced £200k worth of damage.

Firefighters worked around the clock to rescue over a 1,000 people and hundreds of people in local communities came together to help shovel mud and sewage, remove debris and wash off pavements.

On 27th December Forever Manchester launched the Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal to raise money for people affected by the floods and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that made a donation.

The Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal  was set up as part of the Greater Manchester Disaster Relief Fund which is governed and managed by Forever Manchester working closely with the Greater Manchester Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit.

Every penny raised has now been released to local authorities in Bolton, Bury Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Wigan to distribute to those affected by the floods.

The Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal remains open for further donations: