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EASTER FLOODS REPORT WELCOMED BY WYCHAVON DC

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Wychavon DC has welcomed the findings and recommendations put forward following the independent inquiry into the Ea...
Wychavon DC has welcomed the findings and recommendations put forward following the independent inquiry into the Easter Floods.

The report was prepared by the Independent Review Team for the Environment Agency.

Throughout the report, which highlights the failings by the Environment Agency to give adequate warning in many instances, Wychavon DC's own investigation into the impact of the floods is referred to.

The council's flooding topic group has collated a mass of information via questionnaires and parish meetings with the aim of making recommendations for an action plan which could alleviate flooding on a similar scale in the future.

Much of the information presented in the report confirms the data collated by the topic group which is being analysed by Wychavon's engineers and experts brought in to consider the findings in detail.

'We are encouraged by this report and whole-heartedly support its recommendations, many of which have already been mooted at our flooding topic group meetings,' said Margaret Rowley, chairwoman of the council's environment committee.

The survey includes detailed reports of flooding at Evesham, Himbleton, Littleton, Pershore and Sedgeberrow and in each case makes recommendations.

'We welcome the news that the Environment Agency has initiated feasibility studies into flood alleviation schemes at Evesham, Littleton, Pershore and Sedgeberrow.

'It is also good news that the agency is to investigate the possibility of introducing a flood warning service for Himbleton.'

The report states that many flood victims had not received warnings from the Environment Agency - it claims the whole warning system was 'highly confused'.

Cllr Rowley added: 'Following the floods we have revised the Flood Warning System, which we administer on behalf of the agency, and we now have six new wardens and 14 more property owners.

'And we are also ahead of the report which says that there is a public lack of awareness of the warning systems.

'We already planning meetings with parish councils and are drawing up a handful of information leaflets covering such topics as advice on protecting properties from floods, emergency planning details and landowners' duties,' said Cllr Rowley.

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