Wirral floods cause homes to be evacuated!

Posted: 08/09/2015

On the 2nd September the Wirral was hit with what was said to be a month’s rain in just two days.

Around a hundred homes on the Wirral ended up flooded as streams and rivers burst their banks. According to residents near Dibbinddale Brook in Bromborough, their homes ended up under “eight inches of water”.

Roads in Neston, Heswall and Bebington were also flooded as well as many other roads being impassable across the Wirral. Even the M53 was disrupted and a lane closed as the banks of the River Birket and River Fender burst.

The Housing association based on the Wirral, Magenta Living, said that twenty-eight individuals, couples and families had to evacuate their homes.

Wirral council and Environment Agency officers worked together in an operation to clean-up and evaluate the damage caused by the floods and to help the residents it affected. The operation carried on until Wednesday night.

Magenta Livings’ chief executive, Brian Simpson, said that a crisis centre had been opened in Maryland Community Centre meals and other supplies were being provided by local retailers.

As staff continued to work towards finding suitable accommodation for residents who were in need, Brian Simpson said “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.”

With all the chaos that the floods caused, one man even had to be rescued by firefighters when his car became four foot of water in Bebington.

A local resident who just moved to the area the previous week said that an apartment block in Wastdale Close and 6 bungalows were among the affected properties. He said "When we woke up this morning, the place was about eight inches under water - it's raining again and the water levels have risen to about ten inches. Outside on the street, it's about three feet deep."

Rescue Services warned drivers "not to enter flood water on roads as it is difficult to judge how deep the water is" as Merseytravel also cautioned the public as the floods caused disruption to bus journeys.

Residents of one street near a brook connected to the River Birket told of the damage caused as the banks of the brook burst their gardens became swamped and even described floating floorboards as the flooding continued.

Wirral Council and the Environment Agency pledged to help the people most affected. 

Pali can provide you with flood reports from £24 including VAT, if you would like to order one please contact a friendly member of the team on 0151 691 1170 / search@paliltd.com

Kirsty Rogers, Pali Ltd 

www.paliltd.com

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The below footage shows a Wirral River that had burst its banks last week. Video taken from Wirral Globe.

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