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More than 250 Nottinghamshire residents received supportive calls regarding potential evacuation ahead of January’s flooding




More than 250 residents received supportive calls regarding potential evacuation ahead of January’s flooding during Storm Christoph.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s response to the storm, ongoing flood risk management schemes and the purchase of new technology to protect Nottinghamshire from future flooding were the subject of a council report.

The report explained how the preparation was all the more important given restrictions in place to prevent the spread of covid-19, and so staff made more than 250 calls to clinically extremely vulnerable residents to offer support for potential evacuations.

Flood pictures in Farndon taken by Barrington Randle, of Newark (44103501)
Flood pictures in Farndon taken by Barrington Randle, of Newark (44103501)

Bleasby was among the eight villages and towns that received support.

Via East Midlands Ltd — the council-owned highways division — delivered around 5,000 sandbags, closed 12 roads and mobilised gully emptying tankers to respond to local requests.

No properties were flooded due to the week-long multi-agency preparation and response.

Flood pictures in the Kelham Road area taken by Paul Merritt, Beacon Hill Road, Newark (44102914)
Flood pictures in the Kelham Road area taken by Paul Merritt, Beacon Hill Road, Newark (44102914)

Councillors were told about the allocation of £520,000 of funding from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for hydraulic studies.

Phil Rostance, vice-chairman of the communities and place committee, said: “We have secured and are undertaking a trial of telemetry technology to monitor watercourses and keep track of water levels in key high-risk locations to indicate when flooding may occur.

“Five significant flood alleviation schemes totalling £8.3m are in progress across Nottinghamshire, with others being considered for feasibility and design.”



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