Areas of Potential Higher Risk

Flooding - Floods are mostly natural events that result either from excessive rainfall that leads to rivers overflowing their banks, or from tidal storm surges on the coast or in estuaries.  In urban areas, manmade drainage systems may have inadequate capacity or become blocked leading to flooding.  Liverpool is the forth highest risk in the country for surface water flooding. This is a result of urbanisation, aging infrastructure and that a large percentage of water courses are culverted which leads to standing water.  Because of climate change, both the chance and consequence of flooding has increased. Sea levels rise, more frequent and higher storm surges and increased winter rainfall and more intense summer rainfall will add to existing risk and it may not prove possible to improve fixed defenses sufficiently to maintain or raise protection standards.  The Environment Agency (EA) is the lead organisation on flood defence and reports at policy level to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This work, together with the Agency’s overall direction and supervision of all aspects of flood defence, is vital for sustaining the existing land use found on river and coastal flood plains.

Industrial Sites (Control of Major Accident Hazards - COMAH) - There are nine COMAH sites in Liverpool, upper tier and lower tier.  An upper tier COMAH establishment is required to produce a full safety report which demonstrates that all necessary measures have been taken to minimise risks posed by the site with regard to the environment and local populations. Liverpool, in partnership with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and the site operator, share detailed plans of assessment, anticipation, protection, preparedness, response and recovery. Three-yearly exercises are conducted with the site and partner agencies to ensure all processes and procedures are in place and well, rehearsed. (The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH) and their amendments 2015, are the enforcing regulations within the United Kingdom of the Seveso II Directive devised in Brussels following the Seveso disaster. They are applicable to any establishment storing or otherwise handling large quantities of industrial chemicals of a hazardous nature).  Further information is available from the Health and Safety Executive.

Upper Tier COMAH Sites :

  • Eli Lilly & Company, Fleming Road, Speke (borders with Liverpool and Knowsley)

Lower Tier COMAH Sites :

  • Associated British Ports, Dock Road, Garston
  • Beckers Group, Goodlass Road, Speke
  • Biodeg Chemical Company Limited, Edwards Lane, Speke
  • Blagden Speciality Chemicals Limited, Triumph Trading Park, Speke
  • Calor Gas, Derby Road, Liverpool
  • Henty Oils, Huskisson Docks, Regent Road, Liverpool
  • United Molasses Storage Limited, Shore Road, Seaforth
  • Veolia ES (UK) Limited, King Street, Garston



Liverpool City Council

0151 233 3000/1

Environment & Emergency Resilience Unit

0151 233 8637


Aintree University Hospital

Lower Lane, L9 7AL

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Eaton Road, L12 2AP

Broadgreen Hospital

Thomas Drive, L14 3PE

Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive, L14 3PE

Liverpool Dental Hospital

Pembroke Place, L3 5PS

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospital

Prescot St, L7 8XP

St Paul’s Eye Unit

Prescot St, L7 8XP 

0151 525 5980


0151 252 5412


0151 706 2000 


0151 600 1616


0151 706 2000


0151 706 2000


0151 706 3222 


Merseyside Police

Admiral Street, Liverpool, L8 8JN

St. Anne Street, Liverpool, L3 3HJ

Ganworth Road, Speke, L24 2XQ

Walton Lane, Walton, L4 5XF

Urgent 999

General 101

Outside of Merseyside 0151 709 6010    





Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service


Longmoor Lane, Aintree, L9 0EN

Childwall Valley Road, Belle Vale, L25 2PY

Storrington Avenue, Croxteth, L11 9AP

Studholme Street, Kirkdale, L20 8EQ

Beech Street, Kensington, L7 0EU

St Anne Street, Liverpool City, L3 3DS

628 Queens Drive, Old Swan, L13 5UD

Cartwrights Farm Road, Speke & Garston, L24 1UY              

95 Windsor Street, Toxteth, L8 8E

Urgent 999

General 0151 296 4000

0151 296 5695

0151 296 6600

0151 296 5595

0151 296 5375

0151 296 5415

0151 296 6270

0151 296 5725

0151 296 5765

0151 296 5835











Maritime & Coastguard Agency


Urgent 999

General 0151 931 3341                 


Liverpool John Lennon Airport



0151 521 8484            

0151 227 5181 

(for planning rail, bus and ferry journeys)   

Scottish Power



Powercut 105

Enquiries 0845 273 4444

Emergencies 0800 001 5400


United Utilities

Enquiries (24/7) 0345 672 3723