25 July 2012>
Caerphilly County Borough Council is calling upon its residents to get involved and have their say on how the local Flood Risk Management Strategy is developed.
While main river flooding remains the responsibility of the Environment Agency, it is recognised that when it happens, people don't distinguish between different types of flooding, and therefore all the relevant agencies are collaborating on one local strategy – and the council wants residents to get involved and give their views!
The local Flood Risk Management Strategy will give a clear vision for how flood risk will be dealt with in Caerphilly county borough. The strategy will include: -
- Information on local flood risk in Caerphilly county borough, highlighting where problems have already occurred and current levels of flood.
- Clarification of which organisation is responsible for what in relation to the prevention and management of flooding.
- Information on the measures that will be undertaken to reduce flood risk.
- Clarification of how work is prioritised.
- Measures that communities can undertake to improve flood resilience, as it is not possible to stop all flooding.
Following significant national flooding in 2007, the Government gave local authorities new powers to help manage local flood risk in a more coordinated way. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 requires councils to lead the coordination of flood risk management for surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses in their area.
To allow the council to gather and reflect the views and concerns of Caerphilly county borough residents, please complete the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy survey. The closing date for responses is 25th August 2012.
Paper copies are available by calling 01495 235 797. Paper copies of the survey should be returned to Michelle Johnson, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Highway Operations Group, Highway House, Penmaen Road, Pontllanfraith, NP12 2DY.
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