Action taken to help victims of the floods
Column by Coun Richard Davies, executive member of highways, Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire has been in the national headlines this week as heavy rain caused some of the worst flooding we’ve seen here in recent years.
Although the brunt of the flooding was in the east of the county, there were isolated incidents in the west, including in Colsterworth, Woolsthorpe and Grantham itself.
Our highways officers were out around the county placing warning signs to alert motorists to potential dangers, and closing roads where flooding had made routes impassable.
In addition, many of the team were drafted in to help with sandbagging to protect those homes most at risk of flooding.
Meanwhile, over at the emergency planning centre in Lincoln, an army of county council staff played a major role in co-ordinating the response alongside the emergency services and government agencies.
Everyone has gone well beyond the call of duty, working around the clock, and should be commended for their hard work.
Although it’s impossible to prevent flooding altogether, the council works constantly to make it less likely.
Over the past few years, we’ve worked with partners to deliver a number of successful flood alleviation schemes, including ones in Lincoln, Horncastle and Louth.
Last year, we spent £4m on maintaining pavements, footways and drainage, and, as part of that work, we cleaned 189,000 gullies and manholes.
And within the last few weeks, we’ve been out to clean the drains in the Spittlegate area of Grantham, Marston, Claypole, Long Bennington and Fulbeck.
Unfortunately, some blockages can still remain, so every month we carry out follow-up jetting, flushing out the system where issues have been identified during the routine maintenance programme.
The council also works with the seven district authorities on ‘local plans’, which will guide development over the coming decades, and we’re also routinely consulted on local planning applications.
One of our major roles in that work is to assess the likelihood of future flooding and identify the measures developers need to take to minimise the risks.
Currently, we’re asking residents to have their say on how best to manage flood risk in Lincolnshire.
Working in partnership with the Environment Agency, district councils, internal drainage boards, Severn Trent, Anglian Water and others, we’ve updated our flood risk and water management strategy, which looks at the best approach to protecting communities against flooding.
The draft plan is available to download via www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/floodrisk and people have until 5pm on Friday 19 July to email their feedback to FloodAndWaterStrategy@lincolnshire.gov.uk .
Don’t miss the chance to have your say.