Task group’s findings even more vital after latest floods

Children playing and swimming in the flood water underneath Walkegate Metro where two cars were submerged.
Children playing and swimming in the flood water underneath Walkegate Metro where two cars were submerged.

SUPPORT is growing for a task group set up to try and find solutions to prevent flash flooding in the borough.

Mayor Linda Arkley set up the flooding task and finish group following the torrential rain and flooding which battered the borough on June 28 – ‘Thunder Thursday’.

And there was even more need for remedies to the problem following flash floods last Sunday.

Already, Northumbria Water, the Environment Agency, North of Tyne Primary Care Trust, Northumbria Police and the Fire and Rescue Service have pledged their commitment to be involved, along with representatives from political groups.

The group will undertake a comprehensive fact-finding on the flooding in the borough on June 28 – and the subsequent severe water levels resulting from extreme torrential rainfalls on two further occasions, including last Sunday.

And it will identify any further steps that could be helpful in making sure the borough and its residents are well prepared for severe weather.

Mrs Arkley said: “I am delighted that there is a wide commitment to support the task group and ensure that we are all working together to make sure we are all more resilient in such extreme weather events.”

In the last few years, staff at North Tyneside Council have had to deal with changing weather patterns, including the coldest December on record, the hottest March on record, horrendous floods and extreme downpours.

Mrs Arkley added: “There is an awful lot of work carried out by teams across the council, and with our partners, to make sure that we not only respond to severe weather events, but are also well prepared for them.

“For example Northumbria Water has invested a great deal in the drainage and sewerage system, which has made a difference, and as a council we have improved our gully cleansing approach.

“Now there is more unpredictable weather events we need to review how the council and its partners prepare and respond for the future.

“We shall be reviewing our approach to gully cleansing in response to these weather events and we shall similarly be asking partners like Northumbria Water to consider their investment plans for North Tyneside.”