Isle of Man flood warning as heavy rain forecast

Flooding in Ramsey January 2014 Saturday's weather on the Isle of Man is expected to be more severe than the flooding experienced on 6 January

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The Manx Met Office has issued a flood warning ahead of "heavy and persistent rain" on Friday and Saturday.

The organisation said an amber warning is in place for Friday and a red warning is likely for Saturday.

It is thought coastal areas will be badly affected, especially during Saturday's high tide when gales will create storm surges.

A spokesman said: " Current estimates point to tidal flooding at a higher level experienced on 6 January."

He added: " It is predicted that waves as high as 4 metres will break over promenade walls at Douglas, Castletown, Ramsey, Laxey and Gansey, resulting in substantial amounts of water, stones and other debris being deposited on the roads.

"Saturday will witness a high tide at 12:20. The resulting storm surge will lead to large waves breaking over sea defences and promenades in Douglas, Castletown, Ramsey, Laxey and Gansey."

The department of infrastructure said it will place more than 20,000 sandbags at key locations around the island, in addition to the thousands still in place from previous tidal flooding.

Several roads in Castletown, Gansey, Laxey, Douglas, Ramsey and Peel will be closed on 1 February.

Police said: "Extreme caution is also advised for those watching the storms, as some people put themselves at risk during the extreme weather earlier this month.

"The advice from the emergency services is to stay well clear from areas where waves are breaking."

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