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Enfield gears up for flood defence

Published Thursday, 27 November 2014

Equipment to monitor the level of rivers in Enfield will be installed in six new locations following the successful of a flood alleviation pilot scheme, Enfield Council has announced.

Enfield Council installed a number of pieces of river level monitoring equipment in 2010 to provide an early warning of extreme rainfall or high river levels by sending email and text notifications to staff in the council’s Structures and Watercourses team.

Because the project has been a success six new sites in the borough will now have similar equipment installed.

Flood alleviation schemes have recently been completed at Grovelands Park and further works at Firs Farm Playing Fields and Gough Park, and the Environment Agency’s Salmons Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme are due to be completed in 2015.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Enfield Council is investing in flood prevention schemes in this borough so that we have early warning of potential floods and we can take steps to protect people and property from the terrible impact they have.

“This is a responsible, proportionate and sensible project which will help protect residents living in areas in which flooding may occur. We are determined to protect residents from natural disasters wherever possible and will continue to take sensible precaution to safeguard them.”

The council and its contractor also has a supply of more than 2,000 sandbags on hand to use in the event of flooding being predicted to protect propert and has access to thousands more at short notice thanks to a London wide agreement.

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