The latest news on this long running issue (it first manifested itself at least as far back as 2015) of carriageway, pavement and garden flooding after prolonged rainfall is that drainage engineers may (I hope) be about to get on top of it.
Cllr. Edie Pope outside Lydiate Village Centre
Cllr. Edie Pope and I have recently heard from Sefton Council’s drainage engineers to the effect that United Utilities have seemingly taken/accepted responsibility for fixing the problem and they are commissioning some works to try to resolve the flooding.
I’ve blogged about this problematic flooding issue previously and both Edie Pope and myself have tried to get Sefton Council to take some effective action.
The latest news is that the Council will assess the situation after the next heavy rainfall and will carry out a ‘level survey’.
More news when I have it.
Well I’ve had a go at this one in the past (see previous postings going back ages ago) and so has my fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope but still a very significant flooding of the pavement and road surface takes place on Lambshear Lane after every heavy rain storm between Lydiate Village Centre and Oakhill Drive. The photo above was taken on 8th March.
Time to give Sefton Council Highways Dept. another nudge me thinks; surely they must know what the cause is by now and can fix it? More news when I have it.
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I have covered the problems of flooding at these two sites within Lydiate before.
One is on the Maghull/Lydiate boundary on Southport Road adjacent to Astor Court, the other is in Lambshear Lane between Lydiate Village Centre and Oakhill Drive.
Here, as a reminder, are a couple of photo’s of the problems that manifest themselves after heavy rain:-
This outside Astor Courts flats on Southport Road, Lydiate
This is the flooding in Lambshear Lane, Lydiate
The reason for raising them again is that both have been the cause of flooding events within the past couple of weeks and both Cllr. Edie Pope and I are trying to get Sefton Council to take effective action.
They said they had identified the cause of the Lambshear Lane problem last year but if they had it was either the wrong problem or they did not fix it. Edie has been on to the drainage engineers at Sefton Council again in the past few days and to quote and oft used phrase in such circumstances – they are looking into it.
On Southport Road the problem seems to be caused by slow running gullies as the water on the road does subside after a few hours. Trouble is pedestrians and cyclists have been given an outside muddy shower by then! I have been exchanging e-mails with highway drainage engineers again about this long-standing matter.
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.