Flooding fears to be discussed

Flooding at Higher Croft, Penwortham, Preston'Resident Dave Buller up to his knees in flood water
Flooding at Higher Croft, Penwortham, Preston'Resident Dave Buller up to his knees in flood water

A SUMMIT is being held to discuss flooding problems in Isle villages following recent downpours which caused misery across the region.

Following the wettest September for a generation, which saw town and cities under water, residents in the Isle of Axholme are being invited to have their say on how to prevent future flooding in their communities.

The flood summit will take place at the Ealand Victory Hall, on Friday October 19, and will involve representatives from the Environment Agency, North Lincolnshire Council, Severn Trent and other interested parties.

Axholme North ward councillor, Trevor Barker, is calling on all those affected by flooding earlier this year or those with any concerns about the future of flooding to come along.

He said: “I have spoken with many people who are keen to come along to this meeting. If anyone has any comments but is unable to make the meeting please call me on 01724 710616 and I will take these questions up on your behalf.”

In July hundreds of homes in Crowle, Ealand, Keadby, East Lound and West Butterwick were affected by rising water levels as North Lincolnshire Council delivered more than 2,000 sandbags.

Isle MP Andrew Percy took his battle to tackle flooding in the area to the House of Commons, when he made an intervention at Prime Minister’s Question Time.

Mr Percy told the Prime Minister that flooding, particularly in Crowle and Swinefleet, had occured in part because drainage dykes were not cleared out to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

Mr Cameron gave his assurances the matter would be looked into and a lengthy discussions between Mr Percy and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson have taken place.

Mr Percy said: “The Environment Secretary was quick to contact me to assure me he is looking into the detail of the concerns. I will continue to pursue this.”

A public meeting was organised by Mr Percy, North Lincolnshire Council, Severn Trent Water and the Drainage Board following July’s downpours.

In August, the meeting heard that NLC and Severn Trent were working to draw up a drainage study aimed at alleviating future problems.