Three significant flood events in eight months, an update on ongoing schemes and looking ahead to future flood risk management projects were all discussed at a recent Communities and Place Committee.
As the lead local flood authority, Nottinghamshire County Council works closely with the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards, District, Borough, Parish and Town Councils and infrastructure/ utility providers to deliver a number of flood risk management schemes and react to flood events.
In the last eight months, Nottinghamshire has experienced significant flooding events in November 2019 as well as February and June 2020, affecting 801 properties and around 180,000 people.
The worst affected areas were: Beeston, Bingham, Cotgrave, Cropwell Butler, East Markham, Egmanton, Gotham Jacksdale, Lowdham, Radcliffe on Trent, Retford, Rhodesia, Ruddington, Shireoaks, Sutton Bonington, Tollerton, Trowell, Woodborough and Worksop
Councillors heard from the county council’s Flood Risk Management Team that five schemes are currently ongoing in Southwell, Egmanton, Hucknall and Lowdham totalling £8.3m.
Funding has also been granted from DEFRA to the total of £595k to conduct hydraulic studies of catchments in West Bridgford, Bleasby, Rhodesia, Clarborough, Shireoaks, Retford and Gotham.
These studies will identify areas for further flood mitigation investment to further protect communities from the impacts of flooding.
Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “We have witnessed how flooding devastates communities, and we remain committed to protecting Nottinghamshire from future flooding events.
“The last eight months have seen three significant floods affect communities across Nottinghamshire, and we are doing all that we can to investigate each event alongside our partner agencies.
“We are currently delivering five flooding schemes across Nottinghamshire, and a further 23 are being considered for their feasibility and design.
“It is crucial that we continue to seek external funding for flood risk management schemes where possible and that we continue to educate our communities on how they can prepare for flooding.
“It remains our ambition to enable some 199 communities to ‘prepare not repair’ by encouraging community participation to reduce the impact that flooding has on quality of life.”
The meeting took place on Thursday 3 September 2020.