That was some heavy rain we had last night and cycling around Maghull and Lydiate this morning I ran into the consequences of it. The first shot is of Millbank Lane, the unadopted road/public right of way that runs from the junction of Dodds Ln/Kenyons Ln/Park Ln to the boundary with Aughton. The surface has been breaking up in the latter 3rd of it for some time now (my previous posting refers – linked below) but today it was impassable for cyclists and pedestrians. I had to turn back and find an alternative route into Aughton.
The second shot is of Pygons Hill Lane near to Jackson’s Bridge. Not too clear in this shot but it was running like a stream down the hill towards the canal bridge.
I noticed yesterday afternoon before the really heavy rain how high the River Alt was, where Bridges Ln crosses it between Maghull and Sefton Village. Reminds us all of how vulnerable to flooding we are when major rain storms hit low lying Sefton.
Lydiate and I suspect many other local communities had a real cloud burst this afternoon. Here are a few shots of it across Lydiate:-
Cars negotiating floods on Southport Road
Seafore Close becomes a lake.
Topping up the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
July 2010 Seaforth Floods
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
The Maghull area flooding pressure points
Another aspect of the recent flooding which I covered in my Radio Merseyside interview yesterday is the barmy quest of Sefton Council, via its Local Plan, to build thousands of new 3 and 4 bedroom houses on land which will potentially cause more flooding for local communities like Maghull & Lydiate.
The pedestrian bridge over Dovers Brook, Sefton Lane Maghull, became a river itself on Boxing Day 2015..
Not only is all the earmarked land high grade agricultural on which we grow our food (and of course its Green Belt) but it will also in my view have a further negative effect on drainage issues around Maghull, Lydiate, Formby and elsewhere in the low lying Borough of Sefton.
Lambshear Lane, Lydiate – Boxing Day 2015
I wonder what notice of such concerns the Planning Inspector, who is presently reviewing Sefton’s draft Local Plan, will take of such concerns. Was the inspector out and about in flooded Maghull & Lydiate on Boxing Day taking the inability of the local watercourses to cope into account? Will Sefton Council sober up and realise their mad plan to concrete over vast swathes of land could well make future flooding events even worse?
Dovers Brook where Sefton Lane becomes Bridges Lane – The houses were about to be inundated.
Maghull & Lydiate have today been suffering from flooding following the torrential rain that has been hitting northern England recently.
The following photos document the scene across the joint communities between 11 am and noon today:-
Hall Lane, Maghull
Hall Lane, Maghull with a Merseyside Fire & Rescue worker trying to clear debris from Whinney Brook. He told me the level had dropped by 3ft as he cleared it.
Lambshear Lane, Lydiate
Moss Lane, Lydiate
A swollen River Alt as it just about manages to duck under Bridges Lane near Sefton Village.
Sefton Lane, Maghull
A raging Whinney Brook at Ormonde Drive, Maghull
The worrying issue here is the capacity of the River Alt to take all the flood water from Whinney Brook, Dovers Brook etc. In 2012 it could not take all the water and houses were inundated in Fouracres, Maghull. At the time I took the photos Fouracres was not being flooded. The next few hours will probably be crucial.
With thoughts for all those being flooded or in danger of it.
My recent posting refers:-
A Sefton Council Highways Inspector visited the location on the 13.11.14 and identified 3 blocked road gullies and I am told that an instruction has been issued to the Council’s contractor to attend to them.
The next heavy rain fall will certainly let us know if the work has been a success!