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FLOOD WARNING: People in Maghull and Formby told to prepare to flee their homes

FLOOD WARNING: People in Maghull and Formby told to prepare to flee their homes

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People in Maghull and Formby are being advised to make plans in case they have to flee their homes due to heavy downpour predicted this week.

Last week, residents in Maghull were forced to evacuate their homes after Storm Christoph caused widespread flooding.

The Environment Agency said many rivers were at “dangerously high levels” as heavy rain battered parts of England and Wales.

When the River Alt burst its banks on Wednesday (January 20), people living nearby were told to leave their homes.

Maghull resident Kim Dowling told the ECHO: “The police had closed Sefton Lane.

“Then about half an hour later the EA knocked and advised to evacuate, take a small overnight bag in case and that the Meadows Leisure centre was open.”

The Met Office has today said the flooding of homes in Sefton is “likely”, issuing a weather warning for rain from midnight on Thursday.

The council says it is monitoring forecasts to “put necessary measures in place to protect residents and properties from any potential risk”.

Sandbags have been distributed to people in the borough who were affected by last week’s weather warnings, but anyone concerned about flood risk is urged to “ensure you have a stock of sandbags” – which can be bought from DIY shops.

Residents are also advised to make a personal “Flood Plan” so you know what you would take and where things could be kept if you have to leave your home at short notice.

Find out your own risk of flooding before a flood happens. Visit the government’s flood warning information service online or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Residents can report flooding on a public highway or any blocked road gullies on the Sefton Council website using an online reporting form.

Should anyone end up with flood water in their property, they are asked to report this via with any photos.

Words: Kate Lally, Local Democracy Reporter

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