Nottinghamshire County Council – Furthering our Commitment to Supporting Communities Affected by Flooding

Anything for Bramcote?

Press Release: 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

5 Comments

  1. As your County Councillor, I have been working closely with Borough Councillors and the Flood Team at County Hall.

    I have now been officially advised that official investigations known as Section 19 reports, will be undertaken with regards to all the Bramcote floods on 17th June. These reports will investigate what happened, why and also detail action to be taken and who is responsible.

    The areas in the press release were flooded last year.

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      1. Notts County Council section 19 reports are available from half way down this page:
        https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/flooding/the-councils-role

        Notts County Council explain:
        “Section 19 Reports:

        One of our duties as the Lead Local Flood Authority is to report on flooding incidents under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act (2010). A Section 19 Report outlines what happened during a flooding incident and whether the relevant Risk Management Authorities have exercised or will exercise their responsibilities but it does not identify specific measures to prevent future flooding.

        1. On becoming aware of a flood in its area, a lead local flood authority must, to the extent that it considers it necessary or appropriate, investigate:

        (a) Which Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) have relevant flood risk management functions.
        (b) Whether each of those risk management authorities has exercised, or is proposing to exercise, those functions in response to the flood.

        2. Where an authority carries out an investigation under subsection (1) it must:-

        (a) Publish the results of its investigation.
        (b) Notify any relevant risk management authorities”

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    1. Excellent news and thank you. Will the residents in Trowell and Stapleford be getting the same service off the County Councillors responsible for those two areas which also saw flooding

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      1. Richard, publishing the section 19 reports is a Council responsibility, not down to individual ward councillors; see comment above for where the reports will be published.

        The responsibilities for each type of flood are listed here:
        https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/flooding/the-councils-role

        Road flooding can be reported to the County Council here:
        http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/transport/roads/report-a-flooding-or-drainage-problem

        Public sewer/burst water mains can be reported to Severn Trent Water here:
        http://www.stwater.co.uk/my-supplies/report-a-problem/

        I for one am both grateful and continually impressed at the level of detail our public bodies go to to inform – and hence empower us. Thanks to all involved (especially if you are BT readers!).

        Paul Nathanail

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