FAMILIES whose homes have been severely damaged by flood water in Moreton say they are desperate for help.

Torrential rain has rendered several properties in Tern Way uninhabitable.

Mum-of-three Sarah Clement said her home has been ruined - the ground-floor has around 2ft of water and sewers and drains are backing-up, worsening the predicament.

A tearful Sarah told the Globe: "I do not know what we are going to do.

"We've lost everything and we have no idea where we are going to stay tonight.

"We cannot stay here with the kids, the baby is just a year old.

"I've been trying to contact the council to ask for some advice or assistance since 9.30am today.

"No one seems the least bit interested, in fact I am disgusted by the way we have been treated.

 "I have absolutely no idea what we're going to do."

Her neighbour Michaela George, mother of five children, is equally desperate.

"My house has been wrecked and I am absolutely distraught, gutted.

"I have not got a clue where the children and I will go tonight. I feel on the verge of tears.

"I have lived here for around three years and although we have had slight flooding in the past, I have never in my life seen anything like this."

Moreton councillor Chris Blakeley said: "I've been around to Tern Way to see the families and they are in a pretty bad way.

"I am trying get emergency help from the council but at the moment it's unclear what can be done."

It appears Moreton bore the brunt of flooding which has caused chaos around the borough today.

The rivers Birket and Fender have burst their banks adding to an already serious situation and several roads in other areas have been closed all day.

Housing association Magenta Living has vowed to do all it can to help those affected by today's floods.

Chief executive Brian Simpson said: "28 of our properties in Moreton have been affected by the heavy rain. Staff have visited all of the affected Magenta Living residents.

"Of the 28 families, couples and individuals evacuated, some tenants have chosen to stay with friends or relatives. Magenta Living has arranged accommodation for others in local hotels and in the guest flats at Magenta Living sheltered housing schemes."

Maryland Lane Community Centre has been opened as a crisis centre, with Magenta Living staff working with the Red Cross to help all the evacuees.

Mr Simpson added: "Through local shops, we have brought supplies, including chippy meals, for the residents.

"Work to assess the damage will begin as soon as the water level has dropped. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, which praised Magenta Living for its swift action in dealing with the flooding, will pump the water out of the homes. Magenta Living is providing dehumidifiers to help the drying process.

"Staff have been on site since early this morning addressing tenants’ immediate needs. Other  staff have been working to find suitable accommodation for all the tenants in homes that needed to be evacuated.

“We put the safety and welfare of our tenants first and will continue to work with them and get them home as soon as possible.”