Clean up operation begins in Wirral after tidal surge

Wirral Globe: Flooded road outside New Brighton's Morrison's supermarket yesterday Flooded road outside New Brighton's Morrison's supermarket yesterday

A MAJOR clean-up operation has begun in Wirral after a tidal surge caused major flooding on coastal areas.

Wirral Council is picking up the pieces this morning, with extra staff on hand to help clean up debris left after the surge, which saw restaurants, shops and cars flooded.

Council chief executive Graham Burgess: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is involved in the process of restoring normality to the borough’s coastal areas.

"Officers from the council continue to work alongside our partners in the public and private sector and have responded quickly and effectively to the damage caused by the rare combination of extremely strong winds and high tides.

“The clean-up process will continue over the weekend in many areas.

"I would urge anyone who is aware of any damage that has not yet been acknowledged by the council to contact Streetscene immediately and report it.”

Extra crews from Biffa are working in all the affected areas to remove debris.

Residents who wish to get involved are being encouraged to support a community-led clean-up event at Vale Park on Saturday morning at 10.30am.

There have been reports of highways and "street furniture" being damaged, and these will be inspected and repairs prioritised as quickly as possible.

The council’s Building Control officers have been working throughout Thursday and Friday to assess all reports of structural damage.

Such was the power of the sea at noon yesterday that sections of railings and feet-thick concrete tide-breaks were ripped apart and the debris scattered across the promenade at West Kirby, Hoylake and Meols, forcing roads to be closed.

Initial inspections are showing that the integrity of sea defences remains sound. Coastal engineers are out undertaking further inspections, and repairs will begin as soon as possible.

Today, Dee Lane and South Parade in West Kirby as well as Marine Promenade in New Brighton are closed both ways due to flooding.

New Brighton's Championship Adventure Golf Course is likely to be closed for at least two months after it was all-but washed away yesterday.

The attraction, which only opened in March of this year,  now resembles what owners described as a "swimming pool" rather than a miniature golf course.

Proprietor Nick Ashfield told the Globe it was the worst news he could receive.

“We have got four days of pumping out ahead of us now – it looks more like a swimming pool rather than a miniature golf course,” he said.

 “It was just unbelievable. I could not image in my worst dreams what was happening

“We have only been open for eight months – it is the very worst news to be honest.

“It’s not good - but the fight back begins today and we will come back shiny and new for next year.”

Many businesses at the £50m Marine Point development remain closed today.

A spokesman for developers Neptune said: “It is still an ongoing situation.

"Everyone is pulling together and working very hard to get things back up and running.

“Caffe Cream is open today and La Tasca will be opening tonight.

“One of the issues is that the power is out at the moment because of the flooding so a couple of businesses will be making arrangements to get their own generator in the interim while we get things sorted."

Liverpool Coastguard has warned people to stay away from coastal areas today, due to a risk of high tides and has predicted waves could reach 9.7 metres unless the strong winds ease.

No incidents were reported over night by Merseyside Fire and Rescue but search and rescue teams remain on alert today.

There will be no ferry service this morning and a bus replacement will be in operation from Seacombe to Hamilton Square.

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10:18am Fri 6 Dec 13

bazersworld says...

The recent storm over New Brighton, is no surprise. For it has happened several times over the last 52 years. This council and these so called developers were warned of this at the public inquiry, which they choose to ignore. They need to read their history, but the Kings Parade area belongs to the Sea and their is nothing in this world that can stop it. Therefore, the need is to build in accordance and understanding of nature. The low level car park next to the old New Brighton baths regularly got flooded submerging double decker buses. This however was made of gravel which meant a draining system for the flood waters, as with the dips being grassed for obviously the same reason. That's why the idiotic councillor who wanted to tarmac the dips would have been a fatal mistake. I see the car park at the fort perch rock has been smashed, this is no surprise, because the marine lake used to be open to the sea on both sides. This meant freedom of movement for the sea in both directions, which reduced the pressure of forthcoming storms. Blocking this off has only enhanced the damage that storms can do, as can be seen now with the car park. When will council's and developers listen to history and develop in a view of mother nature.
The recent storm over New Brighton, is no surprise. For it has happened several times over the last 52 years. This council and these so called developers were warned of this at the public inquiry, which they choose to ignore. They need to read their history, but the Kings Parade area belongs to the Sea and their is nothing in this world that can stop it. Therefore, the need is to build in accordance and understanding of nature. The low level car park next to the old New Brighton baths regularly got flooded submerging double decker buses. This however was made of gravel which meant a draining system for the flood waters, as with the dips being grassed for obviously the same reason. That's why the idiotic councillor who wanted to tarmac the dips would have been a fatal mistake. I see the car park at the fort perch rock has been smashed, this is no surprise, because the marine lake used to be open to the sea on both sides. This meant freedom of movement for the sea in both directions, which reduced the pressure of forthcoming storms. Blocking this off has only enhanced the damage that storms can do, as can be seen now with the car park. When will council's and developers listen to history and develop in a view of mother nature. bazersworld

11:03am Fri 6 Dec 13

keen gardener says...

Hmmm.....and I observed Colas filling in some of the potholes only last week!
Hmmm.....and I observed Colas filling in some of the potholes only last week! keen gardener

11:06am Fri 6 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Absolutely bazersworld!!
I was thinking the poor build quality of the supermarket was because they anticipated flooding and were prepared for a 25 year recurring wash-out.

This should not come as a shck as it was more than 25 years since last the dips were become marine lakes.

Earlier this year I saw David Ball , Head of regeneration inspecting the sea wall. Was he prophetic?

Any credit taken by Mr Hackett for the summer success of this regenerative project needs now to be taken away
Absolutely bazersworld!! I was thinking the poor build quality of the supermarket was because they anticipated flooding and were prepared for a 25 year recurring wash-out. This should not come as a shck as it was more than 25 years since last the dips were become marine lakes. Earlier this year I saw David Ball , Head of regeneration inspecting the sea wall. Was he prophetic? Any credit taken by Mr Hackett for the summer success of this regenerative project needs now to be taken away hobroW

11:28am Fri 6 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

Behave the lot of you. Yes, of course this area is prone to flooding - in EXTREME weather. That's what happened yesterday.

So because Marine Point might get hit by floods 2 or 3 times every 20 years, it shouldn't have been developed? What nonsense. Generally the flood defences do their job and people enjoy the benefits of the development - it took an exceptional set of circumstances to breach it yesterday. That's the bottom line.

There are very few things in life without risk and flooding, when you're situated at the head of a peninsula and in the path of some of the most powerful tidal waters in Europe, is certainly a possibility. But you need to accept that 99.9% of the time, the things that have been done to minimise that risk have been effective.

New Brighton and West Kirby will be back to business as usual in a few days, people will remember what happened and will anticipate a time when it might happen again, but they'll see it as risk worth bearing. And you can go back to moaning about your usual personal interests.
Behave the lot of you. Yes, of course this area is prone to flooding - in EXTREME weather. That's what happened yesterday. So because Marine Point might get hit by floods 2 or 3 times every 20 years, it shouldn't have been developed? What nonsense. Generally the flood defences do their job and people enjoy the benefits of the development - it took an exceptional set of circumstances to breach it yesterday. That's the bottom line. There are very few things in life without risk and flooding, when you're situated at the head of a peninsula and in the path of some of the most powerful tidal waters in Europe, is certainly a possibility. But you need to accept that 99.9% of the time, the things that have been done to minimise that risk have been effective. New Brighton and West Kirby will be back to business as usual in a few days, people will remember what happened and will anticipate a time when it might happen again, but they'll see it as risk worth bearing. And you can go back to moaning about your usual personal interests. artemis81

3:12pm Fri 6 Dec 13

community1 says...

Is Hobro ever positive about anything? New Brighton will be up and running in a few days maybe a bit longer for Morrissons to continue on its well trodden path of recovery as it looks to the future unlike the negative people here who just look to the past as if that was a magical formula. We knew it was going to happen (as history dictates) but hey having Marine Point is well worth the risk as the amount of people that use it now can testify, particularly the families using the cinema and the eating establishments.
This Council should be congratulated achieving this regeneration in a recession and bringing so many local jobs to the area, well done to them and keep ignoring the doom and gloom merchants!
Is Hobro ever positive about anything? New Brighton will be up and running in a few days maybe a bit longer for Morrissons to continue on its well trodden path of recovery as it looks to the future unlike the negative people here who just look to the past as if that was a magical formula. We knew it was going to happen (as history dictates) but hey having Marine Point is well worth the risk as the amount of people that use it now can testify, particularly the families using the cinema and the eating establishments. This Council should be congratulated achieving this regeneration in a recession and bringing so many local jobs to the area, well done to them and keep ignoring the doom and gloom merchants! community1

4:47pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

community1 wrote:
Is Hobro ever positive about anything? New Brighton will be up and running in a few days maybe a bit longer for Morrissons to continue on its well trodden path of recovery as it looks to the future unlike the negative people here who just look to the past as if that was a magical formula. We knew it was going to happen (as history dictates) but hey having Marine Point is well worth the risk as the amount of people that use it now can testify, particularly the families using the cinema and the eating establishments.
This Council should be congratulated achieving this regeneration in a recession and bringing so many local jobs to the area, well done to them and keep ignoring the doom and gloom merchants!
Good shout Community1. There has not been alot to cheers about with Wirral Council over the past few years but the regeneration of New Brighton bucked that trend. Pat Hackett should be particularly proud of the part he played in sticking to his guns over this matter. I don't have much faith in many of our local Councillors but Mr Hackett does his best for the area. Keep up the struggle Pat.
[quote][p][bold]community1[/bold] wrote: Is Hobro ever positive about anything? New Brighton will be up and running in a few days maybe a bit longer for Morrissons to continue on its well trodden path of recovery as it looks to the future unlike the negative people here who just look to the past as if that was a magical formula. We knew it was going to happen (as history dictates) but hey having Marine Point is well worth the risk as the amount of people that use it now can testify, particularly the families using the cinema and the eating establishments. This Council should be congratulated achieving this regeneration in a recession and bringing so many local jobs to the area, well done to them and keep ignoring the doom and gloom merchants![/p][/quote]Good shout Community1. There has not been alot to cheers about with Wirral Council over the past few years but the regeneration of New Brighton bucked that trend. Pat Hackett should be particularly proud of the part he played in sticking to his guns over this matter. I don't have much faith in many of our local Councillors but Mr Hackett does his best for the area. Keep up the struggle Pat. Joeblogg85

5:40pm Fri 6 Dec 13

hobroW says...

well we shall see.

Positive matters need not be commented upon in a public forum. We never know about the truth of them but where a sea breaches the sea wall and has done so before we need not refrain from commenting on the inevitability of the same.Where Cllrs have derived credit we do need to balance it out with negative comments else why do they seek to take credit for actions we expect of them?

Watch the news whxch predominantly is bad to understand why publicly bad news is reported but little good news.

Anyhow no offence taken
well we shall see. Positive matters need not be commented upon in a public forum. We never know about the truth of them but where a sea breaches the sea wall and has done so before we need not refrain from commenting on the inevitability of the same.Where Cllrs have derived credit we do need to balance it out with negative comments else why do they seek to take credit for actions we expect of them? Watch the news whxch predominantly is bad to understand why publicly bad news is reported but little good news. Anyhow no offence taken hobroW

7:19am Sat 7 Dec 13

keef666 says...

Just want to add this, we had storm and by the looks of things got off lightly, but they want to build a row of apartments, are these people mad!
And as it didn't work can we now get rid of that dangerous hump in the road!
Just want to add this, we had storm and by the looks of things got off lightly, but they want to build a row of apartments, are these people mad! And as it didn't work can we now get rid of that dangerous hump in the road! keef666

9:20am Sat 7 Dec 13

piermaster says...

hobroW wrote:
well we shall see.

Positive matters need not be commented upon in a public forum. We never know about the truth of them but where a sea breaches the sea wall and has done so before we need not refrain from commenting on the inevitability of the same.Where Cllrs have derived credit we do need to balance it out with negative comments else why do they seek to take credit for actions we expect of them?

Watch the news whxch predominantly is bad to understand why publicly bad news is reported but little good news.

Anyhow no offence taken
So hobroW now tells us what we can and can not blog?? the brass neck of the man if he is a man!! He may just need a small reminder that most councillors tend to be involved and supportive of the community they serve and despite his beliefs dont spend time trying to score political points off each other.
Cllr Hackett has shown a much lacking trait these days "leadership" its not much fun being spat at by some off the naysayers that infiltrated the ranks of the N.B.H.A.G. but hey what would hobroW know? its all to easy for those who consider themselves intellectuall to sit on the side lines and snipe and say "I told you so"
Well done Pat and keep up the great work here in New Brighton. I for one am not sorry to say your community needs you!!

By the way hobroW no offence is implied in these comments just please realise we live in a democracy were we are ALL entitled to our own views
[quote][p][bold]hobroW[/bold] wrote: well we shall see. Positive matters need not be commented upon in a public forum. We never know about the truth of them but where a sea breaches the sea wall and has done so before we need not refrain from commenting on the inevitability of the same.Where Cllrs have derived credit we do need to balance it out with negative comments else why do they seek to take credit for actions we expect of them? Watch the news whxch predominantly is bad to understand why publicly bad news is reported but little good news. Anyhow no offence taken[/p][/quote]So hobroW now tells us what we can and can not blog?? the brass neck of the man if he is a man!! He may just need a small reminder that most councillors tend to be involved and supportive of the community they serve and despite his beliefs dont spend time trying to score political points off each other. Cllr Hackett has shown a much lacking trait these days "leadership" its not much fun being spat at by some off the naysayers that infiltrated the ranks of the N.B.H.A.G. but hey what would hobroW know? its all to easy for those who consider themselves intellectuall to sit on the side lines and snipe and say "I told you so" Well done Pat and keep up the great work here in New Brighton. I for one am not sorry to say your community needs you!! By the way hobroW no offence is implied in these comments just please realise we live in a democracy were we are ALL entitled to our own views piermaster

10:13am Sat 7 Dec 13

Heycock says...

Before the redevelopment, New Brighton was a shithole. Neptune were the only game in town. They, the businesses and their insurers who know more about flooding risk than any of the Jeremiahs, took a calculated risk. Long term, they considered it worth the commercial risk, set against potential gains. I doubt if this temporary setback will have changed their view.
Thank god.
Before the redevelopment, New Brighton was a shithole. Neptune were the only game in town. They, the businesses and their insurers who know more about flooding risk than any of the Jeremiahs, took a calculated risk. Long term, they considered it worth the commercial risk, set against potential gains. I doubt if this temporary setback will have changed their view. Thank god. Heycock

4:56pm Thu 12 Dec 13

hobroW says...

"need not be" is not any prohibition of blogging what you wish so I cant understand the following comments

So hobroW now tells us what we can and can not blog?? the brass neck of the man if he is a man!!

Nor do I see the justification of

By the way hobroW no offence is implied in these comments just please realise we live in a democracy were we are ALL entitled to our own views
"need not be" is not any prohibition of blogging what you wish so I cant understand the following comments So hobroW now tells us what we can and can not blog?? the brass neck of the man if he is a man!! Nor do I see the justification of By the way hobroW no offence is implied in these comments just please realise we live in a democracy were we are ALL entitled to our own views hobroW

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