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Wirral residents invited to take part in flood damage survey
WIRRAL residents and businesses affected by flood waters after the tidal surge earlier this month are being asked to share their experiences in an online survey.
Set up by the council, it is a chance for householders and businesses to let them know what happened to their property during the incident on December 5.
Such was the power of the sea at noon that day 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.
Dee Lane and South Parade in West Kirby as well as Marine Promenade in New Brighton were closed both ways due to flooding.
More than 60 people took part in a clean-up operation in New Brighton on December 7, collecting 70 bags of rubbish.
The resort's Championship Adventure Golf Course is likely to be closed for at least two months after it was all-but washed away.
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.
At the time proprietor Nick Ashfield told the Globe it was the worst news he could receive.
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."
By contributing to the survey, the public will be helping Council emergency planners and coastal defence officers gain a better understanding of at-risk properties and strengthen the measures that are already in place to prevent flooding.
Officers from the Environment Agency will also be conducting a door to door visit of the affected areas to gather further information.
To find out more and complete the survey, visit www.wirral.gov.uk/floods
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