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Council urges residents to ensure they're prepared for floods

Lancashire suffered severe floods in 2015 Photo: PA

Residents in Lancashire are being encouraged to prepare for floods, and to check if they need to take steps to protect their homes.

The warning comes from West Lancashire Borough Council who say it is the responsibility of residents to protect the property they live in, whether they own or rent their home. The council have added that it does not provide sandbags.

The storms of Winter 2015, 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.

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 www.westlancs.gov.uk/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 https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings 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. Visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/flooding."

– Councillor Kevin Wright