Town hall flood plan set to be reviewed

Flooding in Preesall
Flooding in Preesall
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CHANGES will be made to the way town hall chiefs tackles flooding after a series of heavy downpours left neighbours suffering for weeks.

Flooding in Preesall and Hambleton ruined Christmas for some families after rain lashed the Wyre towns in December and forced residents to move everything out of downstairs rooms.

In plans set to be discussed by Wyre Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a document says frontline teams “responded well” to call outs over the three days of wet weather.

But the authority is refusing to rest on its laurels and is currently reviewing the Wyre Flood Plan by liaising with Lancashire Resilience Forum and the Severe Weather Subgroup.

Flood victim Cath Brakewell, of Sunnyside Terrace, Preesall, has backed the changes and says it was about time more was done to help people.

She said: “We have acted as neighbours and met with different organisations in January to see what we could do to get help.

“This flooding happened two days before Christmas and there was water coming up to our doors.

“It’s encouraging at least something positive is being done and organisations seem to be working together to help.

“We’ve had water in our house twice in the last year, but if the fire brigade can pump the water it will keep it away from our homes.”

The changes could see sandbags delivered at a faster rate and more work completed with other groups to get out to homes quicker.

A Wyre Council spokesman said: “The Flooding Action Plan is the council’s response to the flooding experienced in the borough in 2012 and looks at the results of investigations and actions taken.

“It also identifies how we can improve communications and response by working with local communities and our partners the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities by updating our procedures.

“It sets out where vulnerable properties and infrastructure are located and the response local communities should take and what they can expect from us for example, where deliveries of sand bags will be made so they can be prepared in advance.”

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