Environment Agency issue Merseyside flood alerts as Storm Eleanor approaches

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Parts of Merseyside have been issued flood alerts tonight as coastal areas can expect storm surges.

Storm Eleanor is due to bring winds of up to 80mph in some parts and with high tide this could lead to some problems.

The environment agency has warned that flooding to properties in areas of Merseyside could occur, as coastal flooding could occur at 12.30pm today.

High tide is expected to be higher than usual with a forecasted peak of 6.62m.

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The warning comes as Merseyside is already on severe weather warnings for wind, which has forced Wirral Council to close areas of New Brighton due to dangerous waves.

Fort Perch Rock car park in New Brighton will be closed from 4pm today, as strong winds from the storm could cause dangerous waves during high tide.

Kings Parade in New Brighton will also be closed from 8.30pm and South Parade in West Kirby will be closed from 8pm

Carol Holt, flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Unsettled weather with strong winds and at times large waves, combined with high tides, could lead to some coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

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“Our frontline teams are on the ground checking defences and may close coastal flood gates this week. We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’.

“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water”.

winds will still be strong through Wednesday as the fifth storm of the season passes, Merseyside will see gusts of up to 50mph throughout the day.

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