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Northern England faces risk of 'significant river flooding' this weekend, Environment Agency warns

Heavy rain is expected across the region. Credit: Press Association.

Communities across the region face the risk of 'significant' river flooding this weekend as heavy rain is expected to fall on already saturated ground.

The Environment Agency warned that Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, as well as parts of Yorkshire, are the areas most at risk from significant river and localised surface water flooding on Saturday evening and into Sunday.

The flood risk comes as heavy, persistent rain is set to affect parts of northern England, with a month's rain potentially falling on localised high ground on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, following days of wet and windy weather, the agency said.

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