Task group is making progress on flood risks

PROGRESS is being made on identifying ways to prevent future flooding in the borough.

Large parts of North Tyneside were left underwater earlier this year after a month’s rainfall in the space of a couple of hours.

Flash floods closed roads and flooded schools, 200 homes and other buildings on Thursday, June 28, causing hundreds of thousands pounds worth of damage.

Following the floods, North Tyneside Council set up a task and finish group to examine flooding issues in the borough.

The group, chaired by Mayor Linda Arkley, includes councillors from each political party, council officers and representatives from Northumbria Water, the Environment Agency and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Cabinet members were given an update at their meeting on Monday, with Mrs Arkley pleased with the progress so far.

She said: “The flooding in June, and more recently in September, had a devastating impact on many of our residents.

“It’s been encouraging that all political parties and relevant organisations recognise the importance of the issue and are involved in the task group.

“What’s already becoming clear is that extreme flood events such as what happened on June 28 cannot be prevented.

“However, what we can do is work together to try and mitigate the risks as best we can – whether through targeted investment or ensuring residents and businesses know the practical steps they can take to help themselves.

“The group is looking at creating some overarching plans that will shape what happens where and when in terms of investment and inspections.”

The group is now developing a final report and recommendations.