Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson asks what lessons can be

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Maghull Town Council Labour Councillors Patrick McKinley, Steve Kermode and Caroline Esterson and interim town clerk Jim Melia at the site of the flooding on Fouracres.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has contacted Sefton Council's Chief Executive and United Utilities to discuss how the council can learn from the flooding which engulfed many parts of the borough this week.
 
Bill visited sites throughout the constituency in Maghull, Formby and Crosby to assess the rising floodwaters for himself.
 
Residents in homes in Fouracres in Maghull were evacuated when waters from the nearby brook broke the banks and flowed into the houses. Electricity was turned off in 36 homes by the utility companies as a precautionary measure.
 
MP Bill Esterson said he wanted to ensure that Sefton Council had learned from the current heavy rainfall.
 
Bill said: "The rainfall we have had in the past day or so has been unprecedented. In the space of 24 hours we've had a month's worth of rainfall.
 
"I know that Sefton Council has been working with the utilities companies, as well as the Environment Agency and the emergency services to deal with the issues, but we are now seeing people in real distress.
 
"Many residents are suggesting that the drains in parts of the borough can not cope and the result is that people's homes and properties are being engulfed in floodwater.
 
"This is an issue which I will be exploring further with both Sefton Council and United Utilities. Residents told me that drains were blocked and that the brook has not been cleared recently. They want to know why the flooding took place and I am determined to help residents at Fouracres and across Sefton Central to make sure that this type of flooding is prevented in the future."
 
Maghull Town Council set up emergency procedures in the town to help elderly and vulnerable people during the heavy downpour.
 
Bill said: "I'd like to thank Maghull Town Council and the council's new interim executive officer Jim Melia for taking decisive action when it was needed.
 
"The town council staff went out armed with sandbags and a pump in an attempt to help local residents who were worst affected. They also put on hot food and drink back at the town hall for the families whose homes had no power.
 
"They acted promptly and I applaud them for that."