Flooding

Lead Agency in Merseyside – Environment Agency

ON MERSEYSIDE

Flooding can come from a number of sources - coastal, rivers, surface water or burst water mains.  Surface water flooding, after sudden and heavy rainfall, happens very quickly.

RISK IMPACTSTidal wave

The predicted impacts could include:

  • Risk to life (people and animals);
  • Damage to properties, businesses, roads, structures and infrastructure;
  • Pollution and contamination of local environments;
  • Long-term damage to tourism and businesses.

CONSEQUENCES

The consequences could include:

  • Disruption to utilities, electric, gas and water supply;
  • Flooding of properties;
  • Evacuation of residents;
  • Disruption to affected businesses;
  • Short, medium and long-term accommodation of those whose homes are flooded;
  • Unrecoverable damage to businesses;
  • Long-term psychological and health impacts;
  • Long-term restoration and recovery issues for homes and businesses.

WHAT ARE WE DOING IN MERSEYSIDE?

  • Identification of what areas could be affected by flood water and who is at risk;
  • Production of multi-agency plans to assist with the evacuation of those communities who are at risk;
  • Provision of guidance for the public about protecting property from flooding;
  • Strategic area planning to protect the areas at risk;
  • Development of ways and means of alerting the public as early as possible when there is a significant flood risk;
  • Continuing to invest in maintaining and improving our sea defences;
  • Developing flood rescue and assistance for those who become isolated by flooding.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

BEFORE

DURING

  • Listen carefully to weather forecasts or visit websites, heed warning and advice;Flood Damage
  • Where possible, move valuable / irreplaceable items to upper floors during times of flood risk;
  • Avoid contact with flood water it may be contaminated and regularly wash your hands;
  • Listen to the Emergency Services, if they tell you to evacuate then do so.

AFTER

  • If you have to enter flood water, take care as there could be hidden dangers;
  • If your house is damaged due to flooding, take photos of the damaged items to support any insurance claim;
  • Do not turn on your gas or electric if you have been flooded. Wait for a qualified technician;
  • Visit the United Utilities website for helpful advice if you’ve been flooded and who to turn to for help;
  • Follow Public Health England's guidance with some useful information on 'Recovering from a Flood';
  • Read these frequently asked questions about resilient repairs to your home.