Hucknall flooding subject of multi-agency meeting

Ashfield District Council has confirmed that it has held a multi-agency debrief meeting to consider the recent floods in Hucknall.

District and county councillors joined with officers of the authority and representatives from Ashfield Homes Limited, the County Council, Severn Trent Water and the Environment Agency, to discuss the flooding of 23rd July.

The meeting examined possible ways of mitigating and also preventing the impacts of future extreme flooding.

People at the meeting also discussed ways in which the various agencies respond to incidents.

Ashfield District Council’s Service Director, Environment, Edd de Coverly, chaired the meeting, which the council says resulted in “some positive actions for future planning of major incidents in Ashfield”.

The actions are around maintenance, responsibility, accountability, communication and planning.

In addition to an investigation into the flooding, which is being led by Nottinghamshire County Council, it was agreed that a mapping exercise to show ownership and responsibility of water courses and drainage systems would be carried out.

Edd de Coverly said the meeting had been very productive and that it was clear that the agencies involved were committed to doing all they could to mitigate floods like these in the future.

Edd said: “While we all appreciate the terrible effects the floods have had on residents, we have to recognise that this was a very extreme event where a long period of hot, dry weather was followed by an extremely heavy downpour.

“All the agencies at today’s meeting have crucial roles to play in events like this, but we also recognise that there is a clear need for everyone involved to work very closely together to develop our preparation and response to events like this.”