Furthering our commitment to supporting communities affected by flooding

03 July 2020

Nottinghamshire County Council has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting communities who have been affected by flooding from 2007 onwards.

Just one week after Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis arrived in Nottinghamshire on 15 and 16 February, causing a month’s worth of rain to fall across the county in just 48 hours onto already saturated ground.

What followed was 38 flood warnings being issued, 51 road closures, deliveries of more than 4,000 sandbags and over 200 reports of internal flooding affecting more than 67,000 people in Cotgrave, Bingham, Cropwell Butler, Gotham, Tollerton, Radcliffe on Trent, Sutton Bonnington, Lowdham, Trowell, Woodborough and East Markham.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee heard today (2 July) that as the lead local authority for flooding, the council worked closely with partner agencies and re-opened the Flooding Hardship Fund to provide a one-off payment to residents and businesses affected.

Storm Dennis is believed to have caused the worst winter floods of recent times, in part because the rain was so widespread but also because it fell onto heavily saturated ground.

Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice-Chair of the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We remain committed to supporting communities affected by flooding, and the impacts of Storm Dennis are no exception.

“Flooding devastates communities, and in February, homes were evacuated, and rest centres were set up, but we know that the impacts are wider reaching than those initially felt.

“We have continued to support residents through drop-in sessions, direct contact channels and site visits to better understand the flood management measures already in place.

“Working along side partner organisations, we have already undertaken exploratory work on the conditions of existing drainage networks in the worst affected communities.

“Investigations are still ongoing into how we and other flood risk management authorities can reduce both the risk and likelihood of future flooding across Nottinghamshire.”

More information on flooding can be found on our website: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/flooding/preparing  

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