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.
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.
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.