Plan prepares borough for future floods

Flood scene at Beach Road, Tynemouth-the traffic tries to negotiate an Aston Martin which has been abandoned in the floodwater.
Flood scene at Beach Road, Tynemouth-the traffic tries to negotiate an Aston Martin which has been abandoned in the floodwater.
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AN ACTION group’s plan to ensure North Tyneside is well prepared for future flooding has made a series of recommendations.

The Flooding Task Group met recently to agree more than 20 proposals on the suggested next steps to be taken in the borough.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the Flooding Task Group for the fantastic work they have done.

“Now we need to work together to ensure that we learn from the consideration by the group and deliver improvements for the residents and businesses of North Tyneside.

“Some of that will involve action by the council and its partners, such as improvement schemes to prevent flooding where that is possible.

“It will also involve us supporting communities and individuals to be better prepared to build their own resilience to flooding.”

The recommendations will be taken to cabinet to determine the next steps, and relate to four themes where the group felt improvements could be made in the future response to surface water flooding:

n Ensuring residents are aware of the preparation for and management of surface water flooding by all partners;

n Raising community awareness and resilience so North Tyneside residents and businesses understand what they can do to be resilient to flooding;

n Helping residents and businesses to understand the priorities that have to be met by category one responders;

n Providing a visible partnership response to flooding, where the agencies are accountable for their performance.

North Tyneside Council has already implemented a number of improvements in its response to flooding since the June events.

Its partnership with Capita Symonds, is enabling it to increase capacity in preparing for and responding to flooding.

The specialist flood patrols, introduced in all four parts of the borough provide a dedicated response and earlier intervention when surface water increases.

A new e-mail address has been set up – blocked.gully@northtyneside.gov.uk – to enable residents to send requests for a response to blocked gullies to the council’s surface water management team.