BBC local radio comes together for Storm Christoph

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by Stephen Chapman

BBC local radio stations across the North of England have aired additional progamming to provide updates on Storm Christoph.

In Manchester, with the River Mersey threatening to burst its banks in the early morning and evacuation orders being issued, BBC Radio Manchester sent journalists to some of the region’s hardest hit areas.

During the night its service was also broadcast by Radio Merseyside and Radio Lancashire.

Allan Beswick remained on air until 2am, when reporter Emma Goswell took over to present a special show focusing on the flooding until 6am.

Anna Jameson reported overnight from Wythenshawe Forum and Didsbury Mosque, where people were being offered shelter. Then, she headed to Little Bollington for the Breakfast Show as further flood warnings were being issued.

“I am incredibly proud of the team effort of our dedicated presenters, reporters and producers,” said BBC Radio Manchester editor, Kate Squire.

“Serving our communities is at the heart of what we do and moments like this demonstrate just how important a lifeline local radio is for many people.”

In Yorkshire, Radio Leeds, Sheffield and York joined forces to produce a live overnight show, to keep residents informed of any potential problems. The evening and late shows focused programming on local communities and reporters were sent to the Calder Valley and Don Valley areas to give listeners an accurate account of water levels.