Merseyside on flood alert after heavy rain and high tides

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Parts of Merseyside have been issued flood alerts today due to exceptionally high tides.

Orange flood alerts are in place for Liverpool waterfront and most of the eastern side of Wirral.

Alerts have been issued because the high tide is expected to be higher than usual at the Mersey Estuary from Liverpool and Wirral to Widnes.

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The governments flood warning service said: “There is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Mersey Estuary.

“High tides are expected in on the 29/09/2019 at Hale Village between 12:30PM and 13:00PM.

“Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation”.

Heavy rain hasn’t helped the flooding situation as Merseyside has been issued days of severe weather warnings.

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The Met Office issued yellow severe weather warnings for rain as some areas could see up to 70mm of rain which could lead to flooding.

The forecaster said: “An area of heavy rain is expected to move northeast large parts of England and Wales later Monday and into Tuesday.

“The more persistent rain will probably ease on Monday night but bands of heavy showers are likely to follow on into Tuesday.

“Through the period, 20-40 mm of rain could fall quite widely with perhaps as much as 70 mm over high ground in Wales and northern England.

“With the ground having been left wet by heavy rain in the area this weekend, some flooding is likely”.

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