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Flooded Nottinghamshire residents face months before returning to homes

More than 900 Nottinghamshire homes were flooded during Storm Babet, the county council has confirmed – and many residents won’t be back in their homes for months.

The downpour caused extreme flooding across the county, with 80mm of rain recorded across three days in October.

The flooding is believed to have hit 65 different locations across the county.

Nottinghamshire County Council is still working to verify the extent of the damage, with the number of affected properties rising daily.

A total of 243 homes were flooded in Broxtowe according to the figures for today (November 2), 229 in Newark & Sherwood District, and 204 in Bassetlaw where Retford was hard hit.

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More than 2,500 sandbags were used to protect homes and stave off the water.

Several communities, including Church Laneham, were also evacuated to prevent them from becoming cut off.

Councillor Neil Clarke, Cabinet member for Transport & Environment said: “Some people may be back in their homes, but for a considerable number, it will be some time before they can claim on insurance and back in their homes. It could be many months.

“The flooding was unprecedented. The roads and defences in many places were simply unable to cope – it was as though ten taps were running into a kitchen sink rather than two.

“We will continue to try and anticipate where flooding will occur and put alleviation measures in place.

“One area we are looking at is working with farmers to slow down the amount of water coming off the fields.”

Up to 20 investigations into localised flooding – known as Section 19 investigations – could be carried out.

Nottinghamshire County Council and government grants are in place for any households or businesses that are affected.

Multi-million-pound flood defence work is currently underway to protect Lowdham and Southwell from future flooding but was not complete at the time of last month’s storm.

Around 150 council staff were deployed to help, working with partners in emergency services, the Environment Agency and district councils.

More rain is forecast for Nottingham over the weekend as Storm Ciarán moves across the country.

 

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