High priority areas targeted to alleviate flood threat
PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 January 2013
MORE than 1,100 floods at 570 different locations have been logged by North Somerset Council as a result of unprecedented wet weather over the past few months.
The numbers represent only the incidents reported to the local authority between September and December, with the actual number of flood-affected areas expected to be considerably higher.
Figures released this week by the council show the recent extreme weather had an impact across the whole of the district.
During the second wettest year since records began in the UK, some of the worst incidents locally involved areas around Summer Lane in Worle and in Wrington.
At Summer Lane, there has been repeated flooding, which has required a combined effort between the council, Wessex Water, the drainage board, The Environment Agency and Avon Fire and Rescue Service to pump water away from the residential area near to the pond.
A flood drop-in session was held in Wrington to gather information from villagers to find a long-term solution to the problems.
As a temporary measure, a planned emergency response has been developed in partnership with the fire service.
North Somerset Council is hoping residents will continue to report flooding incidents, past or future, to help alleviate further problems.
Deputy leader of the authority, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, said: “A considerable gully clearance and jetting programme, focusing on high priority areas, is under way.
“Site inspections are ongoing and additional staff resources have been brought in to deal with the demand. In addition, our special website is now set up to provide the main focus for communication and information.”
Further details can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/flooding
On this page residents can check known flooding incidents and report new flooding issues online.
The spreadsheet provides a flood report log and highlights the highways and drainage work being undertaken across the district.
Cllr Ap Rees added: “It shows the scale of the issues we face and that we are acting upon them, but that it will take time.”
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