Flood response developed

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

 

Flood response developed

Flooding on the Isle of Wight is to be tackled by the Isle of Wight Council and other agencies. Picture by Robin Crossley.

AN ISLANDWIDE flood response is being developed by the Isle of Wight Council, which says it is working closely with partner agencies.

It is gathering information relating to flooding incidents and other storm damage.

The information, from organisations including the fire and rescue service, Island Roads and the Environment Agency will be assessed to see how various agencies were able to respond to flooding incidents.

Meetings will be held with affected communities so that residents can be properly briefed on the roles and responsibilities of all of the agencies and how they can help themselves when flooding occurs, the council said.

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for public protection Phil Jordan said: "There is no doubt we have seen unusually high levels of rainfall which has contributed to the recent flooding incidents and coastal erosion so it is important we work closely with all partner agencies and communities to see if there are steps we can take to ensure everyone is better prepared in future."

Cabinet member for sustainability, including environmental impacts, Cllr Luisa Hillard said: "The recent severe weather could be an example of climate change and we may therefore experience further warmer, wetter and windier winters.

"We must therefore take action to build resilience into communities and one of the outcomes of this flood response review will be the development of emergency action plans for the affected areas.

"We must also work with land owners and organisations such as the Environment Agency to develop management techniques that will minimise surface run-off and therefore help to reduce flood risk."

• A public meeting is to be held at Brading Town Hall at 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday) where flooded residents can air their grievances with statutory authorities.

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by Keven Ball

29th January 2014, at 10:37:06

@Mike & Neil
I would be very worried if the island had no development at all - if this was the case you would be living as the cavemen did... all islands, cities, towns and villages have had some basic development that is correct. However, the development upon the island has been very basic is my point - and the island still has much greenery with farmland and parks, again do you agree or disagree with that?

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by Don Prescott

29th January 2014, at 09:43:58

@ Philip,
You will have noted the overuse of the words like "could" and "may", a compulsory requirement of any writings/sayings by the dogmatic, blinkered "global warming/climate change" believers, of which there are now, thankfully, very few, especially on the Island.

The world is waking up to the truth as written by Jeff Randall, ex-Telegraph columnist, who famously and quite correctly said, "If any business were to submit a prospectus as patently false and deliberately dishonest as the ones used to advance the cause of the global warming industry, its directors would all be in prison by now".

However, in the public sector, i.e. local politics that, unfortunately, is not an option.

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by neil jacks

29th January 2014, at 08:20:32

Kevan.. I refer to the Uk in general, however, I think Mike Crowe has posted a list of what some may call recent development. Mike's list is by no means comprehensive but does go some way to illustrate my point. Hope this helps.

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by Philip Yates

28th January 2014, at 19:23:13

What a waste....
Cabinet member for sustainability, including environmental impacts, Cllr Luisa Hillard said: "The recent severe weather could be an example of climate change and we may therefore experience further warmer, wetter and windier winters.

"We must therefore take action to build resilience into communities and one of the outcomes of this flood response review will be the development of emergency action plans for the affected areas.

"We must also work with land owners and organisations such as the Environment Agency to develop management techniques that will minimise surface run-off and therefore help to reduce flood risk."

A lot of hot air saying nothing, so whats the councils wonderful solution then ?? or is it another well kept secret.

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by Mike Crowe

28th January 2014, at 17:25:14

Keven ....

Please post where I have said this .......

"""So are you all saying the IOW has no green areas at all?"""

I don't recall saying this but I am always ready to be corrected.

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by Keven Ball

28th January 2014, at 16:49:06

@Mike
So are you all saying the IOW has no green areas at all? That is odd as when I am on the island I see much greenery...

@Colin what/why is the reason you ask?

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by Colin Barton

28th January 2014, at 16:20:37

Kevin do you still live on the mainland?

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by Mike Crowe

28th January 2014, at 16:16:46

Neil, you are of course correct, there has been too much building ...........

For all the building? Then just think and look back 60 years.
Ones I know about
Merrie Gardens Estate
Spithead Business Centre
Lake Industrial Way
The whole of Tesco Estate on Ryde Airport
College Farm Industrial Estate
Silver Trees Housing
Prospect Road Industrial Estate
Somerton Industrial Estate
Perone Way and Jeals Lane Estate
Culver Way Yaverland
Rink Road Industrial Estate
Great Preston Road Industrial Estate
Infill housing everywhere
Winford Estate
Arreton
Medina Way and St George’s Way
Newport Football Club and Ground
Lowtherville Estate
Wroxall Estate
Ventnor Station Industrial Estate
Carisbrooke Housing Estates
York Avenue and East Cowes Estates

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by Keven Ball

28th January 2014, at 15:48:07

@ Neil

I still see much grass and fields on my travels? Considering most of the IOW is just fields how do you back that theory?

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by neil jacks

28th January 2014, at 13:20:37

One of the big problems is that the water cannot get into the ground due to the fact that there is too much development going on around our overcrowded country. We wont stop that so we have to manage water by storing it in man made reservoirs and releasing it when conditions allow. I don't know enough about where to build a suitable dam but I can see no other alternative on flood management.

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