County Council leading local flood work
County Councillors received an update today from officers who work across the county on flood prevention schemes and on their more recent work with the local communities affected by the November flooding.
The County Council is the lead local flood authority and works with partners including The Environment Agency, Via East Midlands, Severn Trent Water, Town, District and Borough Councils as well as the Trent Rivers Trust to deliver a broad range of flood prevention schemes.
In the last eighteen months over 520 localised reports of flooding have been investigated and prioritised by the flood risk management team and as part of the ‘Prepare not Repair’ initiative the County Council is working with communities to become more resilient to flooding and to understand their land drainage responsibilities.
Most recently, parts of the County were hard hit; with Worksop, Shireoaks, Retford and Egmanton being amongst the worst affected during the most recent rainfall between 7 and 14 November. The Council’s flood risk management and emergency planning teams, together with Via East Midlands facilitated 66 road closures, placed over 750 flood signs to warn motorists, supported the establishment of rest centres, and delivered over 5000 sandbags to help protect communities, as well as working directly with many residents and businesses to support them (over 400 Nottinghamshire properties suffered internal flooding), and leading the co-ordination of recovery efforts since the flooding took place.
The County Council led the recovery effort and set up rest centres in the worst impacted areas where people were evacuated from their home. The council also worked with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and District Council colleagues in Worksop to provide a drop-in centre for local people and businesses to provide and signpost them to immediate and longer term emotional and financial support.
Financial support provided by Nottinghamshire County Council includes the provision of a £100,000 Hardship Fund in the immediate aftermath of the initial flooding to directly provide financial assistance to the worst impacted families and businesses. To date £120,000 has been paid out.
The County Council is now administering the Government’s Business Recovery Grant* worth up to £2500 for affected businesses. District Councils are administering the Community Recovery Grant, Business Rates Relief and Council Tax Relief Schemes.
Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice Chairman for Communities and Place Committee said: “We have seen in recent weeks just how flooding devastates communities across Nottinghamshire. These communities are our immediate priority, and we have been working hard to offer all the support that we can, both financially and in terms of helping communities get back on their feet.
“At the same time, we are continuing to work closely with key partner agencies such as the Environment Agency, and we will support the development of partnership plans that seek to deliver long term solutions to the flooding issues that many of our communities face.
"Currently, the Council is involved in the delivery of 17 significant schemes with a value of around £15m. These will help many at-risk communities become more flood resilient. We’re also continually seeking additional external funding to support further potential schemes.”
Areas with current schemes include Southwell, Egmanton, Hucknall Tichfield Park, Lowdham, Thurgaton, Gunthorpe, Calverton, Arnold, Daybrook, Newthorpe, Girton, Sutton on Trent, Normanton on Soar, Willoughby on the Wolds, Clarborough, Gotham, West Bridgford, Kimberley and Newark.