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.  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.

Useful Contacts

NAME TELEPHONE                                            WEBSITE

Sefton Council

0345 140 0845

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital

Town Lane, Kew, PR8 6PN

01704 547471


Merseyside Police

Albert Road, Southport, PR9 0LL                    

Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 5HJ

Urgent 999

General 101

From outside Merseyside 0151 709 6010



Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service          


Headquarters, Bridle Road Bootle, L30 4YD

Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LA

Church Road, Formby, L37 3NH

Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton, L29 1YB

Manchester Road, Southport, PR9 0LH

Urgent 999

General 0151 296 4000

As above

0151 296 5605

0151 296 5635

0151 296 6700

0151 296 6650







Maritime & Coastguard Agency


Urgent 999

General 0151 931 3341



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