Flood Alert Info - River Sankey catchment with St Helens and Warrington

Flood Alert Currently in Force

Flood Alert issued on 28 Jan 2021 13:26
River Sankey
River levels are now starting to peak at the Causey Bridge river gauge. The levels will remain high but stable for the next few hours before slowly starting to drop this evening. We are not currently expecting to issue any Flood Warnings for rivers in the Sankey catchment. Flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible today, on 28/01/21. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated tomorrow or as the situation changes.

Area Description

The Sankey catchment includes Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Other locations which may be affected are around Rainford, Billinge, Prescot, Newton-le-Willows, Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield and Golbourne.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 27 Jan 2021 18:24
River Sankey
River levels are forecast to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible tomorrow, on 28/01/21. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. We expect river levels to peak at 10:00am tomorrow morning, on 28/01/21. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Jan 2021 11:32
River Sankey
River levels are beginning to drop. However, they will remain high for a few days. There is still a risk from surface / standing water. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we will issue further updates where necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated tomorrow, Saturday 23/01/2021 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Jan 2021 08:46
River Sankey
A prolonged period of heavy rain associated with Storm Christoph will continue to cause river levels to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge and consequently flooding of property or roads and farmland is possible. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and we expect river levels to remain high until Friday. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, be aware of your surroundings, and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated tomorrow, Thursday 21/01/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Jan 2021 17:22
River Sankey
A prolonged period of heavy rain associated with Storm Christoph will cause river levels to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge and consequently flooding of property or roads and farmland is possible. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and we expect river levels to remain high until Friday. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, be aware of your surroundings, and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated tomorrow, Wednesday 20th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Jan 2021 19:40
River Sankey
A prolonged period of heavy rain from the evening of Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th January will cause river levels to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge and consequently flooding of property or roads and farmland is possible. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days and due to peak in the early hours of Wednesday 20th January. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, be aware of your surroundings, and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated tomorrow, Tuesday 20th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 20:14
River Sankey
River levels remain high but are falling at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. River levels will continue to fall throughout the evening, further rain is forecast Saturday (16/01/21). Our incident response staff are monitoring river levels and will issue further updates where necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Jan 2021 19:31
River Sankey
River levels are forecast to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge this evening, overnight into tomorrow as a result of persistent rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are monitoring river levels and will issue further updates where necessary. This message will be updated tomorrow, Thursday 14th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Oct 2020 21:48
River Sankey
River levels have risen at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall from Storm Alex. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible from 00:00, 04/10/20. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until 15:00 on 04/10/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue (further) flood warnings if necessary. Please * be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 12:27
River Sankey
River levels are rising at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible today, 24/02/2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Nov 2019 00:46
River Sankey
River levels are beginning to peak at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Rainfall is forecast to clear from around 2am on Friday morning. River levels remain above the flood warning level and will slowly start to drop in the early hours of Friday morning. We believe there is still a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the situation. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with current advice. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Nov 2019 16:13
River Sankey
River levels are rising at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast throughout this evening and into the early hours of 08/11/2019. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 15:30
River Sankey
River levels have risen at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible this afternoon 26/10/2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue (further) flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 12:43
River Sankey
River levels are currently below alert levels at the Causey Bridge river gauge but are forecast to rise again as a result of further heavy rainfall later today. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible throughout today 30/09/19 around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the coming days. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 15:10
River Sankey
River levels remain high at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible throughout today 29/09/19 and tomorrow 30/09/19 around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the coming days. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 06:07
River Sankey
River levels have risen at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible today 29/09/19 around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the coming days. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. This message will be updated in 8 hours or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jul 2019 14:24
River Sankey
River levels are high and are expected to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall, on 31/07/2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast throughout the rest of the day. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jul 2019 08:51
River Sankey
River levels have risen at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall, on 31/07/2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast throughout the rest of the day. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Jun 2019 13:21
River Sankey
River levels at the Causey Bridge river gauge remain high as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible throughout today and into tomorrow, 13/06/19. We are not expecting to issue Flood Warnings. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Rainfall will be easing throughout today but further heavy showers will affect the area this evening and into tomorrow morning. We expect river levels to remain high for the next 24 hours. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates as necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. This message will be updated this afternoon, 12/06/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Jun 2019 21:49
River Sankey
River levels are rising at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible between 1am tomorrow morning through to tomorrow evening, 12/06/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to peak around Midday on 12/06/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates as necessary. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 12/06/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 23:13
River Sankey
River levels on the Sankey Catchment continue to fall. Further showers are forecast throughout tomorrow Sunday 17th March. We will continue to monitor the forecast and issue updates if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up-to-date with the current situation.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 12:18
River Sankey
River levels are forecast to rise at the Causey Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible throughout Saturday 16th March 2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around Black, Barkers, Windle and Whittle Brooks and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast throughout Saturday 16th March and we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood updates if necessary. This message will be updated as the situation changes.