Have a say on flood plans

COMMUNITIES across Northumberland have been urged to have their say on new flood risk plans.

The Environment Agency is revising its 77 Catchment Flood Management Plans (CFMPs) for rivers across the country, including the north east Northumberland catchment, the Wansbeck and Blyth.

The documents were first drafted in 2009 and were expected to cover flood risk over the next 50 to 100 years, but following changes in legislation, particularly about surface water flooding, they need to be revisited.

Members of the public and local organisations can log on to the agency’s website to see the plans and give their comments.

Regional CFMP Manager Vickki McCausland said: ““We want people to log onto our website and give us their comments to the action that is being proposed because it could affect their community for many years to come.”

The documents include actions to tackle flooding, which could involve gathering better information on river flows or improvements to drainage.

To view the plans visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/consultations and click on 2011 Consultations, followed by North East Catchment Flood Management Plans.