MP and councillor encourage greater flood awareness
and Highbridge MP James Heappey is encouraging members of the public
living in low-lying and coastal areas to have a plan to protect
themselves and their property from flooding as the weather turns
and winter sets in.
after storms brought heavy rain and flooding to Somerset in recent
weeks, Mr Heappey warned that it was a timely reminder of the risks
we face in the area.
Following a recent visit to the 'Flooding on the Levels Action Group'
(FLAG) in Burrowbridge, Mr Heappey joined Burnham North County Councillor
Peter Burridge-Clayton in visiting Burnham's coastal defences along
with the rivers and drains inland, and discussed the preparedness
of the local area in the event of further heavy rainfall and high
"I thought the rhynes, drains and rivers coped very well with
Storm Angus and whilst there is still some water on the fields in
some parts of the Wells Constituency, water levels in the drainage
system were mostly kept at manageable levels despite the heavy rainfall,"
said Mr Heappey.
Environment Agency were quick to switch on the pumps, provided timely
updates on their plans for dealing with the water and accelerated
the lowering of water levels to winter penning. I think the dredging
completed in recent months was also proven to be most helpful."
However, despite the positive views on the management of Storm Angus,
Mr Heappey and Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton were keen to encourage
local residents to make sure they were Flood Aware.
Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "The Burnham area
faces the dual threat of coastal flooding as well as floods from
heavy rainfall inland. Progress continues to made with flood prevention
measures in the Burnham area but there will always be a risk and
so it pays to be properly prepared."
"Local residents should sign up for the Environment Agencys
flood alerts on the Floods Destroy website and should look at what
simple precautions they could take as part of their personal flood
action plan. When high tides and heavy seas are due residents will
also be also be able to access sandbags funded by the council to
protect their properties."
Mr Heappey added: "Forecasting is now really good and our drainage
system and coastal defences are in much better shape too, but floods
can still happen and sometimes they can happen quickly. Just knowing
the safest route to higher ground and having a few blankets, clothes
and essentials easily at hand in case the home has to be left in
a hurry could make a big difference."
risk levels and advice on how to prepare for flooding can be found
on the Floods Destroy website here
which is also available on mobile devices.