Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 30, 2016

District Level Flood Reports Published

As the anniversary of the December 2015 floods approaches, Lancashire County Council has published a series of district level reports which provide affected communities with information about what the relevant risk management authorities are doing in their areas to help manage the risk of flooding from a variety of sources granflood.

Published every three months, the reports will provide information on investigations undertaken at each of the affected locations, flood risk improvements already completed as well as opportunities for further investigation and investment in flood-prevention measures. They will also provide information for concerned homeowners and businesses on what they can do to help protect their own properties from flooding in the future.

The reports follow on from Lancashire County Council’s overview of the December 2015 floods, known as a section 19 report, which was published in September. That report looked at the weather conditions leading to flooding in December 2015 and was particularly focused on the statutory responsibilities and duties of flood risk management authorities during those storms parrsflood.

These district level reports have been compiled and published by the county council, as Lead Local Flood Authority based on data that has been provided by relevant risk management authorities. These reports will be updated on a quarterly basis to allow affected communities to see progress and resolution of as many issues as possible, as quickly as possible. All of the risk management authorities have been involved in gathering information about the individual causes of flooding in all 229 affected communities and potential measures to manage or mitigate the risk of future flooding.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said “The December 2015 floods townflood  were the worst not just in living memory, but in the history of Lancashire. They affected more than 200 communities and as well as causing distress and disruption to homeowners and businesses, they also damaged critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges and electricity supply. The agencies responsible for managing the risk of flooding have been working very hard together to understand how each individual flooding incident happened and to take action to manage or reduce the risk of it happening again. This has been a huge task and the agencies involved have had to make decisions around where to prioritise resources, so there is more detail relating to some communities than others .

“These reports are the latest stage in the ongoing process of sharing the results of that work, ensuring that people are fully informed about plans for their communities, and we will continue to update the reports every quarter, as work continues in affected communities”.

The district level reports will be available here http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/performance-inspections-reviews/environmental/flood-investigation-report.aspx


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