Residents’ help sought to build up picture of deluge

RESIDENTS in Northumberland are being asked to help officials build a detailed picture of flooding after heavy rainfall in the last two weeks.

The county council acts as lead local flood authority and has to collect details and evidence that could support future flood alleviation work and other developments.

Council Executive Member for Infrastructure and Environment Simon Reed said: “The Floods and Water Management Act places a duty on lead local flood authorities such as Northumberland to investigate flooding incidents.

“We already have a lot of information about what happened last week, but we want to make sure that we have a very detailed picture.

“We are asking members of the public to send details of establishments that were flooded and what type they were, what depths the flood water reached, how the water entered a building or area and how quickly the water rose.

“It is very important to us to understand how the floods have affected all residents and business in every part of the county.

“A detailed picture of the effects of the floods helps us to represent your concerns at a national level, making sure the needs of people in Northumberland are not forgotten.”

Surface water flooding on Thursday, June 28, was widespread and the authority provided an emergency response across a number of service areas.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s swift water rescue team and fire crews were deployed and a number of agencies worked together to combat the effects, including Northumbria Police and the Environment Agency.

Heavy rain on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning meant the A192 Fairmoor junction in Morpeth was closed for a period.

Residents are asked to send flood-related information and photographs by email to fcerm@northumberland.gov.uk