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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