Rosie Cooper MP held meetings with various agencies and then with residents to discuss the issues and challenges of flooding and a way to overcome them.
The Environment Agency has taken the lead to set up a West Lancashire Flood Action Group to work on the flooding incidents.
Initially, a series of site visits will be held to examine in more detail the causes, impact and response to flooding within individual areas.
Residents are at the heart of this process and will be involved in the response to flooding through West Lancashire’s Flood Action Group.
West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper said:
“I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effects that flooding has on people’s homes and across communities.
“The clean up can take months, we need to work to ensure that West Lancashire and people’s homes are better protected and that we have much clearer lines of communication.
“Our weather is going to continue to get more extreme, more regularly. This is why it is important to act now. We can’t ignore the problem.
“It is clear from the Flooding Forum meeting how much willingness there is amongst local residents to get involved in the Flood Action Group.
“I would encourage any residents who’ve been hit by flooding and who want to get involved in West Lancashire’s Flood Action Group to call my office on 01695 570094.
“I would like to thank the Environment Agency for getting involved in my Flooding Forum meetings. They have shown a willingness to take a lead and take responsibility to help residents. I look forward to continuing to work with them in the coming weeks and months to help West Lancashire residents and businesses prepare for potential flooding.”
Andy Brown, Lancashire & Cumbria Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, from the Environment Agency said:
"Our experience shows when we work with Flood Action Groups alongside our partners like West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and the Member of Parliament, it is vital that these groups are community led. It’s great to see residents from across West Lancashire joining together to form such a group. Together we will work to help their communities understand the risk of flooding; what action they can take to be more resilient against floods; and what action we can do collectively to reduce the risk."