Following an independent review into the floods, and the responses of the various authorities, Wirral Council was slammed for acting too late, and not working with others.
Councillor Bruce Berry (pictured at the Arrowe Brook) welcomed the outcome of the review and the u-turn: “We know that many of the residents in Millhouse Lane, Carnoustie Close and Tern Way wanted to take action to protect their properties as the flood waters approached but couldn’t due to a botched response from the authorities whose action was too little, too late.
“The fact that Wirral Council has now agreed to order new-style sandbags, in the form of gel-filled ‘hydrobags’, and issue to them to the most at risk residents will be a big help. Nobody wants to see a repeat of last year’s problems.”
The Town Hall has also agreed to carry out a flood plan for each property at risk, personalised to the household, showing the actions residents can take when a flood warning has been issued. The Arrowe Brook is also currently being cleared of rubbish and undergrowth.
Councillor Berry said: “As well as this work by the Council, we also need to see more residents sign up for the free text alert service for flood warnings. Signing up won’t affect insurance premiums or Council Tax, but those extra couple of hours could make all the difference between losing your possessions or not.”
Residents across Wirral can sign up for the free, text alert service from the Environment Agency by logging on to: www.environment-agency.gov.uk<http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk> or by calling: 0345 988 1188.