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Is Norfolk ready to tackle flooding?

March 2, 2020 8:23 AM

It's time to review our preparations for flooding according to Ed Maxfield, leader of Liberal Democrat councillors at County Hall.

"Norfolk's Flood Risk Plan is five years old. A lot has changed in that time. We have had five years of house building and five years of cuts to local government spending. We need to be sure there is enough money in the pot to tackle the problem.

"With every passing day we become more aware of the threat of climate change and sometimes it feels like Norfolk is right on the front line when it comes to threats to the UK. The emergency services and council workers and local communities coped brilliantly with the Tidal Surge that hit our coast in December 2013 but would we be able to cope with river flooding now in the same way?"

Research shows that 14,000 homes are at some risk of flooding in Norwich alone and the government is demanding that we build thousands of new houses over the coming years right across the county.

"The impact on people when flooding hits is huge and devastating. But one statistic really stuck in my mind. 40% of businesses closed by flooding never re-open. That's not the big boys - they will be ok. It's the shops and small businesses run on a shoe string. Imagine the impact on your community if two out of every five local businesses closed."

Ed has called for an independent review of Norfolk's flood plan.

"Confidence in politicians is at a low ebb but our first order of business is to keep people safe in their homes. We have to get this right. We need to make sure the money is there to back up the plan. We need to know how we will replace EU funding for flood work after Brexit. We need to have a plan so that everyone knows about the 'Flood Re' insurance scheme. We need to have up to date data and use the latest technology to tackle the problem. We can do all of this if we pay proper attention to the challenge."

More information about Flood Re here.

River in flood

Are we ready to tackle flood risk in Norfolk?