Labour MP Bill Esterson and Cllr Steve McGinnity help Thornton r

Thornton householders Lesley O'Hagan and Mary MacBride at their Runnells Lane homes which have only been saved from flooding by sandbags.
 
 
Two Thornton women turned to Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Crosby Labour Councillors for help to stem a tide of floodwater which engulfed their homes.
 
Runnells Lane neighbours Mary MacBride and Lesley O'Hagan had a torrent of water running from their back gardens through the front drive and out into the road.
 
The water is coming from the field at the back of the houses which is under four foot of water.
 
Most of Mary and Lesley's neatly kept gardens were submerged by the rising floodwater with plant pots completely underwater.
 
At its height, standing at the back of their gardens, the water reached the knees of the two women who say it had been like this for nearly two weeks.
Floodwater gathered in the backgarden of the Runnells Lane houses and flowed out down the driveway.
Only sandbags which Manor Ward Labour Councillor Steve McGinnity managed to get from Sefton Council stops the floodwater from getting into the homes of the two women.
 
The water only began to abate on Sunday.
 
Retired NHS nurse Lesley told Bill Esterson and Cllr Steve McGinnity: "For the past 10 years we have seen this problem getting worse and worse.
 
"The water is flowing across the fields from Buckley Hill and gathering in our gardens where it then flows, down our driveways and out into Runnells Lane.
 
"You wouldn't believe just how bad it is unless you saw it yourself.
 
"Our gardens are quite literally turned into ponds and with water reaching about three foot deep.
 
"We've spent thousands of pounds on this garden over the years, but each time this happens, everything is destroyed.
 
"We are lucky the water hasn't come into the house this time, but my husband Kevin is worried about the long term damage this is doing to  the foundations.
 
"We can't go on with this happening time and time again."
 
Mary has lived in her house for over 25 years. She told Bill and Cllr McGinnity that she lived in fear as soon as it started raining.
 
Mary said: "This used to happen every seven years or so, which was bad, but we had to live with it. Now it's happening more frequently - at least once a year.
 
"The water gets so deep in my back garden that even with Wellington boots on, you can't get through because it pours in over the tops.
 
"But I keep chickens so I need to make sure that they are safe and fed. It's just so dangerous wading through water so deep that you can't see where you're walking.
 
"Cllr McGinnity was brilliant. He got sandbags for us when the water levels were rising and he got the technicians out to clear the drains in the roads because the water was gathering in Runnells.
 
"But we need a long-term solution to this we can't live in fear of the next downpour resulting in our gardens turning into lakes and our driveways turning into rivers.
 
"We even have people coming to our houses when this happens to see for themselves the damage.
 
"But I'd like to thank Cllr McGinnity and his colleagues for their help and our MP Bill Esterson for coming out and working on finding a longterm solution to the problem."
 
Thornton householders Lesley O'Hagan and Mary MacBride at their Runnells Lane homes which have only been saved from flooding by sandbags.Cllr McGinnity said this was one of the worst cases of flooding he has ever dealt with.
 
Cllr McGinnity said: "The waters are so deep in the gardens of these houses that you really do have to see it to believe it. And the depth is even greater on the field behind. Their back fences seem to be acting as a make-shift dam.
 
"As soon as Mary and Lesley contacted me, I set about doing all I could to help, including getting sandbags and making sure that United Utilities and Sefton's technical team were working together to ensure that the road drainage was cleared.
 
"But there is clearly a longer term issue here as the land behind these properties is private and Sefton Council has no right to step in and sort out the drainage issue.
 
"However, we are working on finding a solution to this problem."
 
Bill Esterson said he had already arranged a meeting with the Environment Agency and United Utilities to discuss the best ways of dealing with the issue.
 
Bill said: "We can't have these ladies and their families living in fear every time there's a chance of rain.
 
"This is clearly totally unacceptable and I want the relevant agencies, including private landowners, to find a solution to the drainage problems which exist. 
 
"There are clear health and safety issues with who knows what in this floodwater and that doesn't then take into account the long term damage to the properties through this persistent heavy flooding.
 
"I understand that this will be difficult, but Mary and Lesley and their families must get assurances that everything possible is being done to resolve this problem."