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Wirral homes flooded after heavy rain breaks through garden walls
A WIRRAL pensioner’s home was flooded after heavy rainfall burst through his garden wall.
Brian Holmes was among residents of six properties in Birch Road, Bebington, affected by the downpour on Wednesday, August 29.
The retired builder, who lives with his 92-year-old mother, said a weak garden wall was to blame for the disaster and wants landlord Riverside Housing to build one that could withstand further floods.
The water burst into his garden and demolished his shed before flowing into his home. Wood flooring, furniture and personal items were destroyed.
Riverside Housing say they will build a new wall, taking advice from a structural engineer.
Mr Holmes, 63, told the Globe: “If the walls had been designed to cope with floodwater and had proper drainage, this would not have happened.
“The wall has acted as a dam, with the water flowing over it. When it flooded it was a mini tsunami.
“I’m hoping we can get enough support to get Riverside to build a wall that can cope with future floods.”
Mr Holmes, who has osteoperosis, continued: “I’ve done nothing but clean the house for the last six days and a lot of irreplaceable, personal items have been destroyed.”
In a letter to the affected residents, Riverside Housing said: “We have considered the events and our current opinion is that Riverside is not responsible for the flooding as it appears that the cause was drainage from an adjacent road which did not cope with the rain on August 29.”
Charles Simkiss, Riverside’s assistant director of property services, said: “Last week’s flash floods did cause some damage to our properties in the Bebington area.
“As soon as we were made aware of the flooding, our engineers made sure Mr Holmes’ house was safe.
“We are keen to start work on replacing water damaged fixtures such as kitchen units and internal doors.
“However Mr Holmes has not yet agreed to allow us access to his home to carry out the repairs, despite three separate visits to discuss a way forward.
“We also offered to pay for hotel accommodation for Mr Holmes and his mother while we carry out the work, which he refused.
“We always encourage our tenants to take out home contents insurance, to safeguard against unexpected incidents such as this.
“We are sorry that Mr Holmes is not insured, however we have offered to help replace some white goods, which he has also refused.”