The latest advice from the Environment Agency on what to do before, during and after a flood.
The council continues to take action on a range of flooding and drainage issues. Details of the latest developments are listed below:
- Further sections of the Flood and Water Management Bill were implemented on 1 April 2011. The key sections for the Council require work to commence work on a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for flood risk from surface runoff, groundwater or ordinary watercourses which includes ponds or lake or other water bodies but not main rivers such as the Trent or Ancholme or reservoirs and development of a register of structures or features which, in the opinion of the authority, are likely to have a significant effect on a flood risk in its area. Work has started on these requirements.
- Work continues to map and identify drainage infrastructure. A key element of the Flood and Water Management Act.
- We continue to liase with our partners in Flood Risk Management through the Flood Forum and Technical Working Groups.
- Investigations and surveys to develop future schemes is ongoing, and further drainage improvement works will be carried out subject to available funding.
- Work on a flood attenuation scheme at Low Burnham has been substantially completed. Flood storage has been provided upstream and a culvert upgraded.
- Drainage works have been completed at Farm Lane, West Butterwick.
- The council has submitted its preliminary flood risk assessment for North Lincolnshire to the Environment Agency. details are to be published in December.
- A business case has been submitted to the Environmnet Agency to secure funding for the proposed scheme at Barrow upon Humber. The scheme will consist of 3 elements:
- Replacement of a culverted section of Midby Drain between Thornton Street and Town Street;
- Removing silt and reprofiling the open channel section between Thornton Street and Park View Close;
- Construction of a new culvert from the pasture south of Westoby Lane to Pak View Close.
- As part of the study for these works at Barrow upon Humber, it was important to assess any impact on the flow downstream arising from these works. This report concludes there is no impact on peak water levels at Barrow Haven.
Flood and water management bill
The Flood and Water Management Bill aims to provide better, more sustainable management of flood risk for people, homes and businesses, help safeguard community groups from unaffordable rises in surface water drainage charges and protect water supplies to the consumer.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has prioritised legislation from the draft Bill in order to achieve these aims in the short Parliamentary session.
Flood Warning Service Improvements Project (FWSIP)
The Environment Agency set-up the Flood Warning Service Improvements Project (FWSIP) in December 2008. The project has three objectives:
- Implement new public flood warning codes, which are adaptable for all sources of flooding
- To develop an integrated service providing professional partners with greater access to expert advisors during an event
- To make river level information available to the public on the internet.
A series of briefing notes will be issued to update the public on progress with these improvements over the next six months.
Note: The above documents are available to download and print. They are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file and therefore requires a suitable reader to view them. The reader can be downloaded free from the Adobe website (full instructions on how to do this are provided on the website).