Have your say on flooding measures in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Have your say on flooding measures in Somerset Have your say on flooding measures in Somerset

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to have their say on plans to manage the risk of flooding in Somerset.

The Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out the approach Somerset County Council proposes to take to limit the impacts of flooding.

Deputy leader Cllr David Hall, said: “This is a good opportunity for members of the public to get involved by providing their feedback on draft plans to help to minimise the potentially devastating effects of flooding in the county.

“We can’t guarantee that Somerset won’t face flooding again, but we’re putting robust plans in place to deal with the effects in a co-ordinated manner should we face the levels of flooding we have in recent years.”

The strategy outlines who is responsible for clearing gullies, watercourses and managing surface water and groundwater, as well as helping members of the public to manage their own flood risk.

The final strategy will add to the measures Somerset County Council has already taken to combat flooding, including a £200,000 Flood Mitigation Fund, £300,000 for dredging and £50,000 to help victims of floods earlier this year.

People can provide their feedback on the strategy in an on-line questionnaire at http://goo.gl/xM5k2O by December 23.

A final draft goes to Cabinet for approval on February 5.

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9:09pm Thu 12 Dec 13

nat_11 says...

time for government issue dinghies!
time for government issue dinghies! nat_11

6:18am Fri 13 Dec 13

bygeorge says...

The main reason for floods are blocked drains, caused by hedge trimmings blocking the drains, If a road sweeper followed the tractors when they cut the hedges, it might solve the problem.
The only trouble is that there is years of hedge trimmings already in the drains, so the drains need to be cleaned out first.
The main reason for floods are blocked drains, caused by hedge trimmings blocking the drains, If a road sweeper followed the tractors when they cut the hedges, it might solve the problem. The only trouble is that there is years of hedge trimmings already in the drains, so the drains need to be cleaned out first. bygeorge

2:43pm Fri 13 Dec 13

awayswing says...

Dredging the River Parrett should surely make a big difference.Down by the railway bridge the two banks are getting closer and closer.
Dredging the River Parrett should surely make a big difference.Down by the railway bridge the two banks are getting closer and closer. awayswing

7:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

cliverita says...

The once or twice yearly of cutting back the reeds and clearing the Blackbrook Stream, from Blackbrook Way up through the park has not been done this year. It urgently needs doing to keep flow at the maximum during heavy rain. Phone calls have brought no action. I hope they will take responsibility for flood damage to my property, as the insurance company won't ...Can't get access to the questionaire quoted in SCG website....
The once or twice yearly of cutting back the reeds and clearing the Blackbrook Stream, from Blackbrook Way up through the park has not been done this year. It urgently needs doing to keep flow at the maximum during heavy rain. Phone calls have brought no action. I hope they will take responsibility for flood damage to my property, as the insurance company won't ...Can't get access to the questionaire quoted in SCG website.... cliverita

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