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Investigation Taking Place After Malton and Norton Floods

Flood Norton 291112 2 (Environment Agency)

6:33pm 11th December 2012

North Yorkshire County Council is leading a multi-agency investigation into the recent flooding that occurred in Malton and Norton.

The investigation will be carried out in conjunction with a broader review of the significant flooding that has affected all parts of the county during 2012.  The lessons from these investigations will then be used to inform and develop our long term flood risk strategy for North Yorkshire, ensuring that our communities are better prepared and better protected for the future

Each investigation will gather information and data from the public as well as all the key organisations including Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and District and Borough Councils.  It will look at how agencies responded and worked together to manage the flood risk and how the infrastructure coped.

The Malton and Norton investigation will include a particular focus on the effect of rising ground water levels - an increasing problem nationally after a series of wetter winters and more intense summer storms. 

It will be launched on December 20th following a multi-agency debrief on the flood events in Ryedale and is expected to report back to the North Yorkshire Flood Risk Partnership in March.   

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “An investigation is crucial and hopefully will shed some light on the issues we are dealing with, the things we did right and how we might best respond to any future event.  As a nation we are just at the beginning of investigations into the impact of rising ground water levels, which are likely to become an increasing problem.”

Since becoming lead local flood authority in 2010, the County Council has worked with partners and communities to begin developing plans to predict flooding and to deliver flood protection schemes around the county.

This approach to flood risk management has been given a stern test by recent rain, some of the worst in the UK for 30 years; but indications are that the work is on the right track. Officers were particularly pleased that the recently completed flood alleviation project in Bishop Monkton, near Ripon, performed well in circumstances that might previously have caused flooding to properties.

However, work will continue to improve the way the county prepares for and deals with flooding. Information gathered during the storms is already being assessed, helping to refine the understanding of flood risk so the council and its partners can enhance warnings and protection.

For example, incident logs, photographs and first-hand accounts of the emergency services and other agencies are helping officers to assess the accuracy of flooding predictions and to ensure that resources are directed to the areas most in need.

Members of the public can play a vital role in this process by helping to build a complete picture of last week's flooding.

If you experienced flooding and are able to provide an account, including times, dates, locations and the extent of the flooding, along with pictures, if you have them, the council’s flood (risk) management (team) would be keen to receive it. Email your account to floodriskmanagement@northyorks.gov.uk. The information will help increase understanding and help in future flood planning.

For those involved in a flood clear-up, the council has issued safety advice and practical tips. See the guidance at www.northyorks.gov.uk/floodclean-up.

If you need property repairs as a result of the weather, try to avoid cold callers and to get three quotes for any job. The council’s trading standards team has worked with Trustmark to provide a list of approved builders. Search at www.trustmark.org.uk.

You can take action to be as ready as possible for flooding. Sign up to receive flood alerts for where you live, prepare a flood plan and take steps to lessen the risk to your property. For all this, visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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