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Flood warning for West Lancashire: protect your homes and be prepared

The aftermath of Boxing Day flooding in Lancashire Credit: ITV Granada

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

The storms of two years ago had devastating effects for some West Lancashire residents and the nearby village of Croston was badly hit. It was the worst flooding ever recorded there and almost 300 properties were flooded internally. Many people had to leave their homes because of the damage and did not return for months.

Helicopter helps repair flood damage in nearby Croston Credit: ITV Granada

It is the responsibility of residents to protect the property they live in, whether they own or rent their home. West Lancs Borough Council is reminding 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.

Emergency services helping residents during the last major floods Credit: ITV Granada

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.

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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.

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