A new website to help North West residents be prepared for potential flooding has been created with the help of Sefton Council.

Launched recently, www.floodready.co.uk was developed by staff at the Southport Eco Centre and Seftons’ Flood and Coastal Erosion team, with support from the Environment Agency. It was funded by the North West Regional Flooding and Coastal Committee.

The online resource features interactive animations, case studies from the North West region and a wealth of supporting activities and resources to help people be “Flood Ready” and become more resilient to future flooding events.

The case studies not only feature flooding events, but highlight good examples of community engagement and flood risk management schemes.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment, said: “While we work very hard with our partners both locally and regionally to minimise flood risk, it remains an issue that affects many areas throughout the North West.

“Being properly prepared for any emergency situation can significantly reduce the impact if, and when, a serious incident occurs. I am very pleased that staff at our Eco Centre have played a key part in building this new resource for residents across the region.”

Cllr Derek Antrobus, Chair of the North West Regional Flooding and Coastal Committee, said: “Our climate is changing and the North West is likely to get wetter over the next few decades. It is important that we not only invest in managing future flood risk, but also make sure that communities and future generations have the knowledge and understanding to tackle the more severe threats of the future.

“This online tool means that everyone has at their fingertips a resource to develop a good understanding of how floods happen and how we can all protect ourselves from future flooding through insightful and engaging activities.”

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