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Weekly Edition - Published  06 June 2016


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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 affected.

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 by visiting:- Gov.UK/FloodsDestroy

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 effective.  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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