Maghull & Lydiate – Flooding hits on Boxing Day

Dovers Brook where Sefton Lane becomes Bridges Lane - The houses were about to be inundated.

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

Hall Lane, Maghull with a Merseyside Fire & Rescue worker clearing debris from Whinney Brook.

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

Lambshear Lane, Lydiate

Moss Lane, Lydiate

Moss Lane, Lydiate

A swollen River Alt as it just about manages to duck under Bridges Lane near Sefton Village.

A swollen River Alt as it just about manages to duck under Bridges Lane near Sefton Village.

Sefton Lane, Maghull

Sefton Lane, Maghull

A raging Whinney Brook at Ormonde Drive, 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.

Flood risk locations – Maghull comes to mind

Plans to release flooding data

The Government has announced that real-time information on flooding risks around the country is to be made available by the Environment Agency.

A flooded front garden in Fouracres where some folks had to leave their homes due to water getting inside their houses

A flooded front garden in Fouracres where some folks had to leave their homes due to water getting inside their houses

The information will include water-level measurements taken every 15 minutes from rivers across the country. People whose homes are at risk of flooding will be able to use smartphone apps to find the likelihood that flood water will rise above a given level.

The Independent ran this story

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.

With the serious flooding that happened in Fouracres and on Sefton Lane/Bridges Lane Maghull in 2012 any prior information will be helpful. Of course, ensuring that Dovers Brook is able to discharge into the The River Alt is the real answer to this local flooding problem!

Climate change assessment needed

A report by the IPPR think-tank has suggested that the Government carries out an urgent assessment of how a rise in global temperatures will affect Britain’s transport infrastructure, homes and energy resources. In the wake of last year’s flooding crisis, the IPPR said that parties should introduce concrete proposals for preventing a floods disaster in their 2015 general election manifestos.

The Independent on Sunday cover this story.

Sounds like common sense to me; there is to much burying heads in sand about climate change and Westminster only troubles itself about it when there is a disaster.

Sefton Local Plan – many concerns not least flooding

Last night Sefton Council’s Planning Committee met and the big issue on the agenda was a report on the 2nd round public consultation held between July and September 2013.

Not surprisingly there are many areas of concern but the one that kept appearing over and over again from many differing sources was flooding.

The vast majority of Sefton Borough is low lying, some of it below sea level, so is there any wonder that this is the biggest concern in most of Sefton’s communities.

Even the Environment Agency has raised concerns in respect of Sefton’s proposed sites to build on because of flooding worries!

I will post further on this subject very soon.