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:-
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.
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.
Yesterday’s heavy rain brought flooding to one local community and it is a timely reminder of how prone low lying Sefton is to flooding. It was only a couple of years ago that Fouracres and Sefton Lane in Maghull were flooded and these flooding events are likely to to become more frequent due to global warming.
I have commented before about the problems Dovers Brook causes when it can’t empty out into the River Alt at their confluence just to the north of Bridges Lane on the Maghull/Sefton Civil Parish Boundary.
I have now tracked down a clear photo which I took a while ago, that illustrates the problem well:-
Dovers Brook is to the left and the River Alt to the Right. Dovers Brook backs up when the River Alt has no more capacity to take additional water. The consequences were sadly felt by residents in Fouracres and Sefton Lane the last time this happened in September 2012.
The plan being developed by the Environment Agency will see fields flooded to the east of Lunt and Homer Green when such situations occur in the future I am told.
The photo above is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
I could not but agree with the succinct posting on the above site.