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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Residents invited to roadshow events on flooding

Residents are being invited to have their say on flooding and find out more about the support available, at community roadshows around Lancashire.

The drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for local people to inform flood risk management in their community by providing information on their experiences. This will help identify the extent and cause of local flooding and inform recovery work. It’s also an opportunity to speak to different agencies, ask questions, raise concerns and find out about funding and support.

The Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council will be leading the roadshows, supported by staff from the Borough Council and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.

The roadshows in West Lancashire will be held at:

  • Parbold Village Hall – Monday 25 January – 3pm – 8pm
  • Ormskirk – The Fiveways Public House (now a Toby Carvery) – Monday 1 February – 3pm – 8pm

These locations have been chosen as they are in the most densely populated areas affected by residential flooding.

Dan Bond, Environment Agency Manager, said: “You can’t underestimate the devastating impacts of flooding to people’s lives and the key to recovering quickly, and increasing our flood resilience in the long term, is to listen to the people who experienced it first hand and learn from their experiences.

“We’ve been visiting affected communities since the flooding began in early December, and these drop-in sessions are the start of a more coordinated approach to involving local people in the development of local flood risk management plans.

“We would encourage anyone affected by flooding to come along and talk to us. We will have technical experts from the Environment Agency and County Council available to chat to, with support from a number of agencies that can provide advice and support.”

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “This has been the biggest flooding event in West Lancashire for a very long time, with more than 240 properties affected.

“I would urge the residents caught up in the floods to make sure they come to one of the drop in sessions so they can speak about their experiences to help the agencies responsible for flood risk management.”

For more information on the flood risks, members of the public can call the Environment Agency’s Floodline number on 0345 988 1188.

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