Improved flood information for county

PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:30 02 June 2011

Somerset residents are being asked to send their suggestions in to the council

Somerset residents are being asked to send their suggestions in to the council

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PEOPLE in Burnham, Brean and Berrow could be at the forefront of new moves to reduce to the risk of flooding.

Somerset County Council will be given almost £160,000 by the European Regional Development Fund to improve information for flood-threatened residents across the county.

The council will take part in the Flood Aware project, which aims to make people more prepared for floods by creating their own solutions to reducing the risk.

As part of the scheme, information on how best to avoid flooding and its dangers will be shared between residents from coastal regions of France, England, Belgium and Holland.

The council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and economic development, David Hall, said: “We look forward to working with our European partners to develop new and improved information about flooding, which will inform and advise residents in our more vulnerable areas.

“If our local communities are better informed about the risks that flooding presents, they will be more able to take action to protect themselves when necessary.”

As part of the scheme, the council is looking for suggestions on what type of information people would like to receive about floods, before a survey is launched in July.

To submit your ideas, phone 01823 483018 or email flooding@somerset.gov.ukbefore a survey is launched in July.

To send in your ideas, phone 01823 483018 or email flooding@somerset.gov.uk

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