Check your route if travelling (October 20)

20 October 2023
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***UPDATE 4pm Friday October 20***

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency due to a significant rise in levels in local rivers. 

This means flooding is possible for around the Rivers Fender and Birkett and Rivacre, Dibbinsdale and Arrowe Brook and their tributaries. Parts of Birkenhead could also be affected.

Flood Alert in force in the Wirral catchment currently includes Heswall, Bebington, Hoylake and Wallasey.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: 

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 143121 .

* Follow @EnvAgency, @EnvAgencyNW and #floodaware on Twitter.


People in Wirral are advised to check their route before they set off if they need to travel today following heavy rain across the borough.

A number of roads have been affected by the weather, with some closed or impassable due to flooding and it is expected more could be closed through the day.

Police have advised the following road closures/flooding:

  • New Ferry Bypass - tree down
  • Brimstage Hall, Brimstage Road
  • Birkenhead Road, Hoylake - flooded
  • Raby Mere/Poulton Hall Road, Spital
  • Neston Road/Smithy Lane, Thornton Hough

There's also flooding in parks including Wirral Country Park where the heavy persistent rain over night has caused the Wirral Way to flood in some places. Rangers are on site trying to unblock surface water drains near to the park. Areas of the park that may be worst affected include the sections of Wirral Way by Heswall Golf Course, Thurstaston and Ashton Park.

People are asked to please take care if visiting Thurstaston Beach and, as always, keep away from the cliffs.

Council teams are out assisting but the rain is forecast to continue for some time.