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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Residents are being advised to be prepared in case of floods

West Lancashire Borough Council is encouraging residents to be prepared for floods, and to check if they need to take steps to protect their homes.

The storms of Winter 2015, had devastating effects for some West Lancashire residents. It caused the worst flooding ever recorded in West Lancashire and almost 300 properties were flooded internally. Many people had to leave their homes because of the damage and did not return for a number of months.

It is the responsibility of residents to protect the property they live in, whether they own or rent their home. The Council wishes to remind residents that it does not provide sandbags and the Council website provides advice on where to get help about flood prevention equipment and home insurance.

Information to help residents decide if they should take steps to protect their property is provided on the Council website. There is also information about what to do if a flood occurs. Visit flooding.

If you wish to report a flooding incident, or have concerns that your property may be immediately at risk of flooding, please contact the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188 where Environment Agency staff with up-to-date information will be able to assist you.

Alternatively you can visit the Flood Warning Information Service (external link) where you can also sign up to receive flood alerts.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder, said: “We understand how homes and communities can be devastated by flooding and we want to help residents be prepared and become more resilient. We urge people to go to the website, look at the flood awareness pages and consider what action they should take. They can visit flooding."

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