Wiltshire Council preparing for potential floods

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By nhavergal | Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 13:59

Wiltshire Council will be holding an event in Warminster to talk about ways of preventing damage and injury through flooding.

The council is welcoming Parish and Town Council representatives to attend including flood and emergency volunteers. 

The event has been set up after vicious storms hit Wiltshire over the last few weeks causing a huge increase in rainfall and damage to areas in Wiltshire. 

Wiltshire Council would especially like representatives from areas which are affected by frequent flooding and water damage to attend. 

Dick Tonge, Cabinet member for highways said: "Unlike river or surface water flooding, ground water flooding can happen several weeks after the rain. Groundwater levels are very high and it is crucial we go into Winter prepared."

The National Flood Forum will be attending to show different pieces of equipment to defend against major flooding. 

Mike Hewitt and Jonathan Seed, Chairmen of Wiltshire's South and North flooding groups will also be in attendance. 

"At this special event we will discuss roles and responsibilities and what steps town and parish councils, the Environment Agency, Wiltshire Council and other organisations take when flooding occurs," Dick Tonge added. 

Lacock Village near Chippenham was affected by last week's torrential rain after the high street became flooded causing traffic disruption in the area. 

Although Wiltshire escaped some of the major flooding, the council would like to prepare local areas for more torrential rain and reduce the risk of property damage. 

The event will be held at Warminster Civic Centre, Wednesday, 17, October 2012 from 10am-3pm.


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  • Profile image for derryhawk

    I have not experienced flooding, but when vast housing estates are built on the natural marsh lands of the County, which were there by the normal course of things, to soak up the water; is it any wonder flooding becomes a problem? A major example in the area is the massive housing development between Westbury and Dilton Marsh, but there are many smaller ones. If you block up the drains you get a flood; and marshes and bogs are the natural environmental drains, and developments built to make huge sums of money are blocking them. Commerce with sense helps everyone, but commerce with the aim of profit above all other consideration damages us all.

    By derryhawk at 18:37 on 03/10/12

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