Northumberland County Council is asking residents to help build a detailed picture of flooding in the county that resulted from the heavy rainfall last week.
The council acts as lead local flood authority, and in this role has to collect details and evidence that could support future flood alleviation work and other developments.
Cllr Simon Reed, Northumberland County Council’s executive member for Infrastructure and Environment 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 detail 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. You can help us achieve this by letting us know how the floods affected you.”
Surface water flooding on June 28 was widespread and the council provided emergency response across a number of service areas.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service swift water rescue team and fire crews was deployed across the county and a number of agencies worked together to combat the effects, including the council, Northumbria Police, and the Environment Agency.
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