Flood Alert Info - River Alt

Area Description

River Alt and other watercourses from Huyton to Hightown including, Kirkby, Fazakerley, Maghull, Formby, Aughton, Sefton and Lunt.
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

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 19:27
River Alt
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible this evening, 24/02/20 affecting low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high into the early hours on 25/02/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated in the morning, 25/02/20 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 07:56
River Alt
River levels are forecast to rise at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 11:30 today, 24/02/20. Areas affected are low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise until 11:30 on 24/02/20 We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated later this morning 24/02/20 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Feb 2020 19:19
River Alt
River levels are forecast to rise at the Dovers Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 06:00 tomorrow, 24/02/20. This includes low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until monday afternoon 24/02/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Feb 2020 09:24
River Alt
River levels have risen at the Dover’s Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible today between 09:00 and 12:30, 23/02/2020. Areas effected include low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 2 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until midday. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated this evening, 23/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 21:27
River Alt
We expect river levels to reduce overnight Sunday 09/02/20 We are closely monitoring the situation in our Incident Room. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated on Monday Morning 10/02/20 or as the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 14:34
River Alt
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall from Storm Ciara. River levels are expected to remain high until later today,09/02/2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident room is open.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 20:14
River Alt
River levels remain high as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible. Low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas are at risk of flooding. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until 14/12/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 14/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 09:21
River Alt
River levels are rising as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible between 09:00 and 21:00 today, 13/12/2019. Low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas are at risk of flooding. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until 21:00 on 13/12/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 13/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 10:58
River Alt
River levels have risen at the Kirkby and Dovers Bridge river gauges as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible during today, 26/10/2019. Affected areas include low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high throughout today, 26/10/2019. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this evening, 26/10/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 16:36
River Alt
River levels remain high at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, 01/10/2019. This will affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high during today, 01/10/2019. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow, 02/10/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 11:04
River Alt
River levels remain high at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, 01/10/2019. This will affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high during today, 01/10/2019. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated later today, 01/10/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 20:16
River Alt
River levels are forecast to rise at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible this evening, 30/09/2019 and into the early hours of tommorow morning, 01/10/2019. This will affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast from this evening, 30/09/2019 and into tomorrow, 01/10/2019. We expect river levels to continue rising on 30/09/2019. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow, 01/10/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 12:57
River Alt
River levels are forecast to rise at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible this evening, 30/09/2019 and into the early hours of tommorow morning, 01/10/2019. This will affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast from this evening, 30/09/2019 and into tomorrow, 01/10/2019. We expect river levels to begin rising at 18:00 on 30/09/2019. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 14:48
River Alt
River levels have risen at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. This will affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast into this afternoon, 29/09/2019. We expect river levels to remain high into this evening. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 05:39
River Alt
River levels have risen at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. This will affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast into this afternoon, 29/09/2019. We expect river levels to remain high until then. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 21:25
River Alt
River levels have reduced at the Kirkby river gauge but are forecast to rise again overnight as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property and roads and farmland is possible overnight 28/09/19 and into the early hours of tomorrow morning, 29/09/19 to low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. Further rainfall is forecast over the weekend. We expect river levels to begin rise overnight 28/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 09:52
River Alt
River levels have reduced at the Kirkby river gauge but are forecast to rise again later today as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property and roads and farmland is possible later today and tomorrow, 29/09/19 to low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. Further rainfall is forecast over the weekend. We expect river levels to begin rising again this evening, 28/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Sep 2019 14:48
River Alt
River levels are forecast to rise at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible from 17:00 today to low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast over the weekend. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Sep 2019 16:52
River Alt
River levels are expected to remain high into this


Flood Alert issued on 24 Sep 2019 09:37
River Alt
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Flood Alert issued on 22 Sep 2019 08:15
River Alt
River levels may rise quickly in fast responding rivers and streams as a result of localised thunderstorms passing through the area. Localised thunderstorms are expected during the early hours of Sunday and to continue during the day. Flooding is possible but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Areas at risk are low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise and remain high until 18:00 on 22/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this afternoon, 22/09/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Sep 2019 21:32
River Alt
River levels may rise quickly in fast responding rivers and streams as a result of localised thunderstorms passing through the area. Localised thunderstorms are expected during the early hours of Sunday and to continue during the day. Flooding is possible but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Areas at risk are low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise and remain high until 18:00 on 22/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 22/09/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Aug 2019 15:31
River Alt
River levels have risen at the Dovers Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible from 18:00 today (16/08/19), peaking at approximately 22:00 and dropping by 13:00 on Saturday (17/08/19). Low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours before clearing away to the east. We are closely monitoring the situation an our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow, 17/08/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2019 21:02
River Alt
River levels are high but steady at the Kirkby and Dovers Bridge river gauges as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. Low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas are at risk. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. River levels have peaked and will remain steady, with no further rise forecasted. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 29/07/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jul 2019 19:13
River Alt
River levels are forecast to rise at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall today and tomorrow with occasional heavy showers. Consequently, flooding could occur between now and 23:59 on 28/07/19, but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of the pulses of heavy rain. Low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. Peak levels may be similar to those reached June 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Jun 2019 19:35
River Alt
River levels remain high at the Kirkby river gauge following persistent rainfall throughout the day, with further rainfall expected overnight. Flooding may affect low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. Environment Agency incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated on Thursday morning (13th June), or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Jun 2019 07:28
River Alt
River levels are rising at the Kirkby river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from this morning (Wednesday 12/06/2019). Following a break in the rain, another weather front is expected later on today. Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads in the Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Formby, Great Altcar, Maghull, Kirkby and Fazakerley areas. High river levels are possible on the River Alt, Sandy Brook, Fine Janes Brook, Cheshire Lines Brook, Sudell Brook, Whinney Brook, Simonswood Brook, Croxteth Brook, Kirkby Brook and their tributaries. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.