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How can we tackle flooding in Rushcliffe? Ruth Edwards MP publishes new report

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Ruth Edwards MP has published a report into flooding issues in Rushcliffe.

Following the terrible scenes in many parts of the constituency last winter and during Storm Dennis, Ruth met with residents and local councillors to discuss flooding problems in each area. She undertook to produce a report outlining the actions needed to reduce the flooding risk to villages across the constituency.   

The full report can be viewed by logging onto Ruth’s website https://www.ruthedwards.org.uk/storm-dennis-2019-2020-flood-report

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It documents the issues residents feel are causing flooding problems and lists a broad set of actions which Ruth is pursuing, including: an improved pumping station for East Leake, better management of the River Smite, limiting water companies’ rights to overpump and tightening up planning legislation.

Ruth has been raising residents concerns’ with the responsible authorities. She will now work collaboratively with all parties involved to address these issues and will campaign in Westminster for the necessary changes to protect communities and reduce the risk of future flooding.

On launching the report, Ruth said:

“I have seen first-hand the devastating impact the flooding last winter had on communities across Rushcliffe.  

We saw homes flooded, villages cut off, streets and even homes flooded with sewage infested water.
Since last winter a lot of work has been done by a lot of people to reduce the risk of flooding and I would like to thank local councillors and officials at Nottinghamshire County Council for all their hard work.

We must however now tackle some of the structural causes which require changes at a national level.

I can’t promise that areas will never flood again, even if we do achieve every aim of this report. But my hope is that by working collaboratively to tackle these key issues across the constituency we can build on what has been done already to drastically reduce the future risk of flooding in our area. 

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