Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Flooding - Have your say!

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council and other agencies involved is to undertake reviews in order to learn as much as possible from the recent flooding events. This will guide the various statutory agencies, including the ERYC, on improvements both to the drainage infrastructure, as well as refining emergency plans and procedures for the future. These reviews will be focused in two ways; firstly on the way in which the various agencies dealt with the emergency and secondly a review of the broader aspects, including the infrastructure issues identified above.

Many of you as individuals and organisations within our community may have observations and suggestions that they wish to put forward to be considered as part of these reviews. I would welcome any contributions of this kind as part of the data gathering stage for the reviews. In discussions with local residents within a number of communities over the past 2 or 3 weeks there are a number of residents, farmers or others who may have a valuable contribution to make in this regard.

I will be collating and passing on all those comments from people with whom I’ve already spoken, or received emails/letters, but I would welcome any further comments, observations or suggestions.

If you wish to send comments, observations and suggestions to me by post at the following address: Cllr Paul Robinson, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.
or by email to: cllrpaulrobinson@aol.com

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well done Paul...

a) Gilberdyke & sewage. The older/original housing within Gilberdyke has not had improvements to the sewage system and it regularly gets blocked.

b) Surface water drains on the Main Road are mostly blocked. A number are also in need of repair due to HGV's mounting them.

c) The standard of Dykes linking into the main Dykes are in need of annual maintainance and dredging. That was one of the main reasons we were flooded. If the local farmer did not supply a high powered pump we would have been seriously flooded.

d) The community spirit was excellent. But it would have been good to have seen a disaster plan ie muster points, pre designated areas for sandbags etc. Notices published on the web or in the post office as to what actions local residents could have employed. In the main it was 100% self help as the firebrigade were too busy elsewhere understandably.

e) Just a thought.. If we were in Holland/Netherlands the farmers/land owners/drainage companies would be heavily fined for not maintaining dykes. I think we could learn a lot from how the Dutch legislate for flooding etc.

f) We need better pumping systems ie more powerful/efficient pumps to help drain the Dykes.

Thanks Paul (Main Road Gilberdyke)