SUFFOLK’s first ever comprehensive flood risk management plan is set to be considered by county councillors next week.
The strategy, which primarily focuses on flash flooding caused by heavy and sustained rainfall, aims to reduce the risk of flooding and the misery and economic damage that it can cause.
It sets out what organisations responsible for managing the risk of flooding will do to limit its impact and details how members of the public and business owners can take action to protect their properties.
It follows months of public consultation and consideration by all of the county’s district and borough councils, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
It is estimated that one in six properties in Suffolk is at risk of flooding from one or more sources. This includes around 11,750 properties at risk of surface water flooding and 2,900 at risk of river flooding.
The strategy sets out what the responsible organisations will do to manage the risk. Actions include:
Land, home and business owners can take steps to help manage the risk of flooding by:
Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member responsible for roads, planning and transport, said:
“The risk of flooding from rivers or the sea is generally more predictable and the Environment Agency is set up to manage this. Until now however, less has been known about localised flash flooding caused by heavy downpours. This strategy has been created to manage this increasingly common risk.
“Our biggest challenge is that there is never going to be enough public money available to protect everyone from flooding and the increasing risk caused by climate change.
“This means we have to find new ways of doing things - which includes working with residents and business owners to raise awareness of what can be done to protect themselves and their properties.”
Whilst Suffolk County Council is the lead local flood authority, delivery of the strategy is the collective responsibility of a number of public and private bodies. The county council has an important role to play in developing the strategy, ensuring that all organisations involved are aware of their responsibilities, monitoring progress and communicating with the public