Wirral calls for support to
protect borough from flooding
WIRRAL Council is calling on the
Government to provide support to better protect the borough from flooding.
Earlier this year, Wirral was hit by flash-flooding in parts of the borough
following unprecedented amounts of rain over a short period of time. Parts of
Moreton, Upton and Greasby were particularly badly hit with 83 properties
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:- "We know we
will be much better prepared in future to handle freak weather conditions like
we saw earlier this year: we have now got to take real action and make sure we
do everything we can to keep Wirral residents safe.
We are today calling on the Government to allocate some of its £700 million
flood defence funding to Wirral.
£115 million has already been allocated to Leeds, and £33 million has been
allocated to Cumbria; we believe Wirral deserves its fair share to enable us to
improve our flood defences and keep our residents and communities protected from
the devastating impact of floods."
The report into the Wirral flood was conducted by Aecom, an independent agency
who were commissioned by the Council to conduct an extensive investigation into
the response of all public agencies.
The investigation has made a series of recommendations for improvements from all
agencies involved, including recommendations on how residents can better prepare
themselves and their households.
The Environment Agency recommends that households check flood risk maps,
register for free flood warnings and get help in producing a personal flood plan
Cllr Mooney added:- "The Council and all other agencies involved have
already started making great progress in improving our response systems, and I
can assure residents with absolute confidence that should we face similar
circumstances in the future our response will be much better coordinated and
We will now be writing to Government to set out our case for Wirral, and asking
for the same support which has been given to other areas of the UK to improve
our infrastructure and better protect our residents from flooding."
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