Council say Coastal Road Flooding caused by exceptionally high water table

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An exceptionally high water table caused by prolonged wet weather continues to cause flooding around Ainsdale and Birkdale.

A section of the Coastal Road, between Weld Road and Shore Road, remains partially flooded with traffic being managed by temporary traffic lights.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club, and some local properties, have also suffered flooding in recent weeks.

Ground surveys suggest that the water table is at extremely high levels compared to the normal position for the area.   Pumping has taken place on the Coastal Road but flood water returns almost immediately. Drainage channels have also been checked in the area and are clear.

Alan Lunt, Sefton Council’s Director of Built Environment said, “We have a statutory responsibility to maintain the Coastal Road and we are trying everything we can to clear the flood. However, as quickly as we pump water away, the flood returns.

“Although not a specific responsibility of the council, we are also working with United Utilities and Royal Birkdale Golf Club to alleviate related local flooding and investigations have revealed that all drainage outfalls to the sea are working.   “We are continuing with a range of investigations but it appears at this stage that the primary cause of flooding is the exceptionally high water table, created by the unprecedented levels of rainfall experienced within the last six months of 2012.”

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