Wirral residents invited to take part in flood damage survey

Wirral Globe: A car is swept away by rising tide.Picture: RNLI A car is swept away by rising tide.Picture: RNLI

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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10:46am Wed 18 Dec 13

mickey1more says...

Instead of asking the Wirral residents, why aren't they looking into WHY the local Councillors who gave the go ahead for such a stupid scheme down on the promenade in New Brighton get their thoughts!
The sea is only doing what is should do and reclaiming back the land. When the water comes over the promenade wall where's it going to go? Down into the dips is where. So why spend thousands of pounds on building a golf course in one of the dips! Really clever people who gave the go ahead for that project. As for Morrisons and the other shops, they were all warned years ago this could happen maybe two or three time a year. £5million in lost stock is quite a lot ,will the big supermarket keep on putting up with it or will they pull the plug in the not too distant future and also to think the local council were going to give permission to add a fuel station there !
The mind boggles about our local council. One other point, why does it take 60 volunteers on a weekend to clean up the mess, surely the LOCAL COUNCIL should of got their workers out to clean up till the resort once again looks tidy, are we as tax payers not entitled to this service or do Biffa and the local council only work Mon-Friday ;-).
Instead of asking the Wirral residents, why aren't they looking into WHY the local Councillors who gave the go ahead for such a stupid scheme down on the promenade in New Brighton get their thoughts! The sea is only doing what is should do and reclaiming back the land. When the water comes over the promenade wall where's it going to go? Down into the dips is where. So why spend thousands of pounds on building a golf course in one of the dips! Really clever people who gave the go ahead for that project. As for Morrisons and the other shops, they were all warned years ago this could happen maybe two or three time a year. £5million in lost stock is quite a lot ,will the big supermarket keep on putting up with it or will they pull the plug in the not too distant future and also to think the local council were going to give permission to add a fuel station there ! The mind boggles about our local council. One other point, why does it take 60 volunteers on a weekend to clean up the mess, surely the LOCAL COUNCIL should of got their workers out to clean up till the resort once again looks tidy, are we as tax payers not entitled to this service or do Biffa and the local council only work Mon-Friday ;-). mickey1more

11:05am Wed 18 Dec 13

ballacrain says...

No matter what is put in place in an attempt to stop flooding,one cannot beat mother nature,nor can one beat the sea.
Hopefully those stores that were flooded will have learnt something.By raising freezers and coolers off the floor,also the electrics along with the shelves then maybe should it happen again they might not lose to much stock.
Ballacrain
No matter what is put in place in an attempt to stop flooding,one cannot beat mother nature,nor can one beat the sea. Hopefully those stores that were flooded will have learnt something.By raising freezers and coolers off the floor,also the electrics along with the shelves then maybe should it happen again they might not lose to much stock. Ballacrain ballacrain

11:08am Wed 18 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

Mickey, this has been done to death elsewhere on here, let it go now. It was a freak storm, not something that is going to happen with anywhere near enough regularity to threaten the long-term viability of Marine Point as a development. Get over it, it's there, just enjoy it now.

As for what the LOCAL COUNCIL did to aid the clean-up... an awful lot, mate, and many Council workers also gave up their time for free to join and lead the volunteers, assisting the formal clean-up operation ensuring it was done quicker so normality could resume sooner. That's how much people love the new New Brighton.
Mickey, this has been done to death elsewhere on here, let it go now. It was a freak storm, not something that is going to happen with anywhere near enough regularity to threaten the long-term viability of Marine Point as a development. Get over it, it's there, just enjoy it now. As for what the LOCAL COUNCIL did to aid the clean-up... an awful lot, mate, and many Council workers also gave up their time for free to join and lead the volunteers, assisting the formal clean-up operation ensuring it was done quicker so normality could resume sooner. That's how much people love the new New Brighton. artemis81

6:51pm Wed 18 Dec 13

dave301bounty says...

Got a shock when I saw this ,so who is going to be asked ,will it be anyone and will the hurtfull accounts be published ,this weather is not just a one off ask any seafarer any fisherman ,this will happen again who knows when though ,so the so called powers to be, better learn ,and listen to the people who did suffer ,listen AND publish replies ,its so sickening when the truth is concealed behind non important issues.
Got a shock when I saw this ,so who is going to be asked ,will it be anyone and will the hurtfull accounts be published ,this weather is not just a one off ask any seafarer any fisherman ,this will happen again who knows when though ,so the so called powers to be, better learn ,and listen to the people who did suffer ,listen AND publish replies ,its so sickening when the truth is concealed behind non important issues. dave301bounty

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