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New flood strategy unveiled
RESIDENTS are being asked to help manage local flood risks by Dorset County Council.
Parts of Dorset were badly hit by flooding over the past 18 months – especially in the deluge of early July 2012 which left many towns and villages under water.
The county council wants to understand more about flooding hot spots and what natural or man-made features can help prevent it.
Susan Woodhouse, a senior engineer for flood risk management, said: “We’d like to know about structures and features that protect properties from flooding.
“They can include a wide range of things from garden walls and other man-made structures to raised areas of land, embankments and other natural features.”
Flash or localised flooding can comes from a number of sources in times of heavy rain, including lakes and watercourses as ditches and streams.
The council is working with the Environment Agency, Wessex Water and district and borough councils to create a local flood risk management strategy.
The plan aims to coordinate flood risk management and seek ways to help communities manage the dangers.
The council says that public feedback will help development plans and improve flood prediction and warning systems.
Coun Hilary Cox, pictured above, the county council’s cabinet member for environment, said the council wants to prioritise flood risk management to reflect the impact it has and the funding available.
She added: “This is your opportunity to influence how flooding from local sources can be better managed.
“We’re holding drop-in sessions across Dorset and an online survey to gather your views, which are important to us so get involved.”
To find out more about the local flood risk management strategy or to log a feature that helps prevent flooding, visit dorsetforyou.com/localfloodrisk, call Dorset Direct on 01305 221021 or visit a drop-in session at venues across the county.
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