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Flooding sees council respond to more than 300 calls for help

by Gemma Melling

Persistent rainfall across Knowsley and the wider region this week led to more than 300 calls to the council from residents needing assistance due to flooding on Wednesday (20 January 2021).

Council officers worked through the night visiting 50 different locations across the borough, checking on vulnerable residents and issuing floodsacs (a type of sandbag) to prevent water breaching properties.

With assistance from Merseyside Fire and Rescue, they also dealt with several stranded vehicles that had become trapped in flood water on Mill Lane, Kirkby.

Thankfully, their proactive response kept the damage and disruption to homes and highways to a minimum.

Now the council is appealing for any residents who experienced flooding but did not get in contact with them at the time, to get in touch and report the location and nature of all incidents, to assist with future emergency planning.

If you have information that has not already been reported to the council, please use the online form on the council website to log the issue – even if it is now resolved.

Advice for residents affected by flooding

There is advice and practical tips for anyone whose home or garden has been affected by flooding on the Flood Hub website.

If you were issued with floodsacs by the council, officers will return early next week to collect them. They must not be placed in your wheelie bins.

Stay informed

Keep up to date with road closures, flood alerts and gritting information by following the @Knowsley_Roads Twitter account.