Search

Extra cash to fight flooding

PUBLISHED: 10:32 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

One body will be appointed to lead the response to future flooding in Suffolk and homeowners will get more grants and loans to protect their homes against floods.

One body will be appointed to lead the response to future flooding in Suffolk and homeowners will get more grants and loans to protect their homes against floods.

The measures are part of recommendations in a report into flooding in the county which was carried out in summer and autumn last year, with extra lessons learned from the flooding in November. The report finds that the county is “generally well prepared”, but there is still a long list of things to be done.

The report has been carried out by the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit, which is made up of county and district councillors with support from the Environment Agency, police, fire service and health service.

It says that residents in high-risk areas should be encouraged to defend their homes against floods, and councils are to look at making grants and loans to do so more widely available.

Neal Evans, principal emergency planning officer, wrote in a report for the county council: “There is a historical risk caused by different agencies having different, but overlapping, responsibilities for water management. To overcome this, a single Suffolk agency will need to take a lead…This lead agency could be the county council.”

Action is already being taken to train councillors on emergency planning, and councils are now planning how care homes can be evacuated without having to use ambulances.

And policies on when sandbags are given out, and how the public are kept informed of sandbag availability, are to be reviewed.

The report will be considered by the Suffolk Resilience Forum and the county council's cabinet next month.

The aim is to make any changes needed this summer in time for any winter flooding.

The government also commissioned a report into flood readiness after the floods nationally last summer. So far an interim report has been produced, and next month all councils across the country will be asked whether they have responded to it. Suffolk is responding to both its own report and the national report alongside each other.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists