'Flooding risk unacceptable' — Isle of Wight councillor

By Martin Neville

Published on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 16:49


RESIDENTS affected by last winter’s flooding of Lukely Brook have called for action to help protect their homes.

Newport West councillor Chris Whitehouse said residents whose homes were damaged were disappointed an Isle of Wight Council flood report proposed very limited action to reduce the risk of it happening again.

It comes as a group of residents in Blackwater were due to meet tonight to discuss flooding issues in their area. The meeting takes place at 7.30pm at Reynolds and Read.

Cllr Whitehouse said: "The local residents feel more remedial work should be undertaken to facilitate water flow, and there should be more action by the Environment Agency (EA) to reduce the risk of further floods this winter.

"I agree with the view they express that a 20 per cent — one in five year — risk of a repeat is simply unacceptable. More must be done, by all relevant agencies working together, to make sure this problem is history and does not repeat itself in the near future as it threatens to do."

In Caesars Road alone 20 homes were damaged by flood water while other properties in Clatterford Shute, Carisbrooke High Street and Castle Street were also badly affected.

The flood report said: "The EA has considered various remediation options and allocated £30,000 during 2011/12, however the EA’s medium term plan delayed any potential project until 2016/17."

Cllr Whitehouse said he had written to Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr Ian Stephens about their concerns.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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