Following the recent floods in the Tern Way area of Moreton, I have been working with my colleagues, Councillors Bruce Berry and Steve Williams alomg with residents to try to find out why the flooding caused so many homes to be evacuated.
Now, after a week of site investigations and meetings with residents I have found that a temporary ‘dam on the nearby Arrowe Brook was erected before the waters backed up, at the same time as work by United Utilities nearby.
It was shocking to find that a considerable amount of waste and rubble had been dumped into the Arrowe Brook, to create a makeshift bridge for construction vehicles to cross.
This appears to have had a knock on effect which, when combined with a period of heavy rainfall, meant the water could not flow along the Brook but, instead, backed up into people’s homes.
During a walk along the Arrowe Brook with Cllr Berry also met with some of the tenants of the farmland.
i have called for a full investigation to identify why the Environment Agency gave permission for the ‘dam’ to be created.
Over 30 homes have been damaged; families displaced and others left feeling vulnerable should this happen again.
I believe the Council’s Coastal Drainage Team and the Environment Agency must also work quickly to ensure that this ‘dam’ is removed and that the Arrowe Brook is cleared of all rubbish, debris and undergrowth.
Pictured at top Councillors Chris Blakeley and Bruce Berry at the dam’ on the Arrowe Brook in Moreton.