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New Brighton promenade flooded as storms hit Merseyside

by Paige Gardiner. Published Thu 05 Dec 2013 16:44, last updated: 06/12/13

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New Brighton was trending on Twitter today as more and more dramatic footage continued to emerge from the storms and floods.

Police issued a warning for all members of the public to stay indoors on the Wirral, Merseyside as the seaside resort was hit by 30 foot high waves.

Reports on Twitter and Facebook said that the Morrisons supermarket had been targeted by shoplifters and opportunistic looters.

A picture taken by a passer by showed how staff at the store had tried to hold back floods with shopping baskets full of goods.

The Morrisons store at the seaside resort's Marine Point retail park was forced to close amid widespread chaos.

There was a minor car crash in the store's car park and the delivery bay submerged under three feet of water, trapping a truck in its tracks.

The flagship Morrisons store, is part of a new multi-million pound complex, which also boasts a Grosvenor Casino, a cinema and a Travelodge.

People staying at the Travelodge were trapped inside as the hotel was flooded and police cordoned off all roads leading to the seaside resort.

Cars were left stranded after their owners couldn't get to them and there were even reports of a car being washed down the high street.

Chris Norman, a CAD engineer, who was walking along New Brighton promanade when the worst of the storm hit said he joined some colleagues to rescue people from the water.

He said: "This storm was like nothing I've ever seen, it came out of nowhere and the water started rising beyond control.

"The wind was incredibly viscious and I was with two colleagues when we saw people starting to get dragged into the rising tide.

"We helped pull several people out of the water who were just trying to get across the road opposite Morrisons.

"The shops all flooded-A lady pushed a pram with baby in through it. A littler scary at times but we did what we could to help."

"The Fire brigade arrived, but they couldn't really do anything. The coast guards blocked the roads off, it was like a biblical flood - so fast."

A Morrisons spokesman confimed that the store had been forced to close but denied reports of looting.

He said: "We closed our New Brighton store earlier today after police advised people not to approach the area.

"There have been no reports of looting made by staff at the store, but our area manager is travelling there to access the extent of the flood damage."

Merseyside Police said they had dealt with calls concerning a minor rtc in the car park, but that they had no reports of looting at Morrisons.

A Travelodge spokesman confirmed said: "As a result of today’s storm, our New Brighton Travelodge hotel experienced flooding.

"The safety of our customers and staff is paramount, the hotel manager has moved everyone to a safe place on the first floor of the hotel and was advised by the emergency services to allow people to safely leave the hotel once the flooding subsided.

"We would like to sincerely apologise to all of our customers who have been inconvenienced by today's storm damage."

In other areas of the Wirral, residents at a new build flat block in Birkenhead, Merseyside, were forced to flee their homes after the roof was blown off.

Emergency services were called to Reeds Lane, Birkenhead, Merseyside, just after 12pm yesterday (THURS) after debris smashed into cars, trees and the pavement below.

Hundreds of motorists were caught in delays after officers closed the road between Birket Avenue and Kingsmead Road as they waited for wind speeds to slow down and repair the roof.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "The flat roof of a new build residential block was blown into the road, onto cars and into trees causing a large amount of damage.

"Fortunately no one was injured in the incident but a number of residents were severely shaken.

"Parts of the roof smashed onto a woman's windscreen and we are working with the council to repair the damage. However, we will not be able to do so until the weather calms and until then the road will remain closed."

Photographs courtesty of Ken Clark, Bob Warwick and Chris Norman


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"They were told this would happen and this was well known but the council gave planning permission. They would not listen. Who will pay?" A D KEANE, WIRRAL around 1 year, 8 months ago

"I drove past this evening and the clean up operation has been amazing. Some restaurants are already open again. Well done all involved!" Peter, Wallasey around 1 year, 8 months ago

"The big dips used to be were the car park/bubbles is we used to ride bikes up and down in summer and it took excess water in the winter " Jan, Wirral around 1 year, 8 months ago

"Having lived in Newbrighton for 40 years,we knew this would happen the baths were destroyed by a storm, But the planners will not listen." Sid , Wirral around 1 year, 8 months ago

"i feel sorry for the adventure golf man who put so much into it time and money i hope he can recover we go nearly every week" lynn, new brighton around 1 year, 8 months ago

"was in New Brighton in September what a lovely place it is getting have just spoke to pal every where closed" john moir, montrose scotland around 1 year, 8 months ago

"Reminds me of the times the waters use to come up Victoria Road. Surely the someone from planning carried out a full investigation of the ar" John Gilmore, Barnsley around 1 year, 8 months ago

"we did tell them. tragic. King Canute comes to mind." peter greenland, wallasey around 1 year, 8 months ago

"Tragic for New Brighton just when it was on the up and up,but it has happened in the past,questions were asked at the planning stage,SAD." Joan Argyle, Moreton around 1 year, 8 months ago

"it was really bad in hoylake and westkirby to" jason, hoylake around 1 year, 8 months ago

"i have said to all my family that this was going to happen and today is the day where every thing has happend sorry people who go stuck init" ryan, new brighton around 1 year, 8 months ago

"very sad, but everyone knew it was only a matter of time. I really hope the new redevelopments don't go the way of the old baths" Garry, Southampton around 1 year, 8 months ago

"I knew this would happen, I even remembering saying to my mum when they first built morrisons about the waves coming over" Rachel, New Brighton around 1 year, 8 months ago

"NOW will the developers listen to residents that knew it was folly to build retail outlets where N B baths stood ? !! Totally predictable." jac clayton, wallasey around 1 year, 8 months ago

"Having been trapped in morrisons just want to say thanks to all the staff who looked after us. Well done" lcaley, birkenhead around 1 year, 8 months ago

"just feel so sorry for lady in basement flat in tolmache street who,s lost everything xmas presents the furniture and electrical goods " concerned, new brighton around 1 year, 8 months ago

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