Flooding at Botanic Gardens in Churchtown in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Sefton saw heavy rainfall this week across areas including Southport, Formby and Maghull this week during Storm Christophe which resulted in flooding across parks, highways and properties.

A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “There may still be standing water in areas and residents are advised not to walk or drive through any floodwater.

“Council officers have now moved to a recovery phase and continue to support residents affected by the severe weather this week.

“To help with future flood risk management, incidents of flooding should be reported to the Council. Find out more about this here.

Public Health advice

“Public Health advice encourages people to wash their hands regularly if they have been in contact with flood water and not to eat any food that may have touched the water.

“When cleaning up after floods, people must ensure that they do not put themselves at any risk and it is vitally important to remember the following:

  • Ensure good ventilation if using portable indoor appliances to dry out rooms. The exhaust fumes from such generators can contain carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space such as a home.
  • Never use outdoor generators indoors even in the event of a power cut.
  • Also, remember not to turn on gas or electrics until they have been checked by a qualified technician, and check with your local water company if you notice a change in your water.

A flood recovery toolkit is available on the Flood Hub website.

Seek support

“Those impacted by flooding may be feeling tired and anxious, and unable to see family or friends at this time due to coronavirus restrictions.

“to friends and family for support, as it can take a long time for life to return to normal, and if necessary call NHS 111 or visit your GP for medical advice.”

Further health guidance and advice following flooding can be found on the government website.

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