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Flood roadshows

Residents whose homes have been flooded can find out what is being done, and what the potential options for the future are, at roadshow events being held throughout the District.

The causes of flooding are wide ranging involving rivers, sewers, surface water, overland flow and burst water mains. Therefore many agencies and private landowners have different roles and responsibilities.

West Oxfordshire District Council has produced individual Parish flood reports for each parish affected during the July 2007 flooding. This will help to identify the cause of flooding, who is responsible, what work is being carried out, what the potential options are for future mitigation and who might fund such schemes.

The reports give residents a broad view of the complex linkages between the different organisations involved and also the range of options available, which they can then discuss with the relevant organisation. There will also be information on ways residents can help themselves as they also have the responsibility for protecting their own homes.

Representatives from the different agencies will be there to meet with local people so they can discuss the findings of their recently published Parish flood reports. Dates are:

1) 9th September 2008, 2 to 7pm, at New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton –under-Wychwood
2) 11th September 2008, 2 to 7pm, at Standlake Village Hall
3) 16th September 2008, 2 to 7pm, at Woodgreen Offices, New Yatt Road, Witney
4) 18th September 2008, 2 to 7pm, at Bampton Village Hall

Represented at all the events will be:

· Environment Agency, Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Thames Water – at all the events from 2pm to 7pm
· Cottsway Housing – 9th, 16th & 18th September events between 2pm and 7pm
· RAF Brize Norton - at the 18th September event in Bampton. 2pm and 6.30pm

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “The roadshows are an opportunity for anyone with concerns about the risk of flooding to their homes and communities to come along and find out what is being done. It is an opportunity to see how the risk and impact of flooding can be mitigated even if not fully removed.”

The roadshows are informal events and people can come along at anytime during the afternoon and early evening.

Posted : 29/08/2008 10:42:43

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