For nearly 12 months, residents and landowners were hit severely by flooding across West Lancashire. It left homes devastated and killed off food crops.
In the immediate aftermath, Rosie Cooper MP visited local farmers, held a flooding summit with local agencies and met with affected residents. In the weeks and months that followed, Rosie worked with all groups to address the impact of the flooding and work towards ways to better protect West Lancashire against flooding in the future.
Working with the Environment Agency, Rosie is delighted that the first of the Local Flood Action Groups are now up and running. In Ormskirk there are groups protecting Dyers Lane and Halsall Lane. Work is ongoing as well in Burscough and Scarisbrick.
In addition to this, West Lancashire Borough Council is seeking funding to carry out a modelling survey that will be used to support action on flooding solutions.
MP Rosie said:
“It was a very difficult time for everyone affected by the flooding last year. I am encouraged though, that following some really tough meetings, we are really seeing progress towards better protecting homeowners and landowners against future flooding.
“Getting residents involved in the Flood Action Groups is excellent; they are the first line of defence. Given the right support, advice and equipment, they can make a real difference the next time there is flooding.
“We still have a long way to go but at least we are heading in the right direction with better planning and preparation. I look forward to continuing to work with local residents, farmers and agencies in ensuring West Lancashire is better prepared and protected for future flooding incidents.”