Four recommendations were made in the recent report by North Yorkshire County Council about the December 2015 flooding in Tadcaster which damaged 79 properties and caused the partial collapse of the bridge. Nigel Adams MP attended a recent “Flood Forum” in Tadcaster where the author of the report and experts from the Environment Agency, the Met Office, and North Yorkshire Council Emergency Response Team were all on hand to answer questions.
Nigel said: “I would like to thank the Tadcaster Flood Action Group for organising the event. The recent report from North Yorkshire County Council makes four very clear recommendations and I will be giving my full support to the projects that follow through and deliver on these recommendations.”
The four recommendations in the report were:
· Flood defence improvement for Tadcaster
· Resilience – making properties less susceptible to damage if they are flooded
· Drainage – action to reduce the risk of localised flooding especially on the High Street during heavy rain
· Community Preparedness – better warning systems and action plans if flooding is threatened
Good progress has already been made on “Resilience” with most of the properties flooded in 2015 having taken advantage of the Flood Resilience Grants offered by the Government. The Community is also much better prepared with two large portable pumps based locally so that they can be deployed immediately to deal with any surface water flooding. The flood warning system has also been improved with a web-camera constantly monitoring the river level under the newly repaired bridge. All this means that flood warning can be issued earlier, giving people more time to prepare.
David Bewley of the Tadcaster Flood Action Group said: “We welcome the support we have received from Nigel Adams, it is encouraging to the group to know our MP is supporting everything we do as volunteers working in the community.” The Flood Action Group can be contacted via their web site at http://tadcasterflood.org/.
Nigel concluded, “Good progress has been made on resilience, warning systems and immediate local response including the ability to deploy pumps. I am pleased that now that the existing flood defences along the River Wharfe have all been repaired following the 2015 flooding that the Environment Agency is now focused on finding the most effective way to reduce the risk of flooding in the future.”