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Flooding measures developed in Enfield

Published Monday, 08 February 2016

Enfield Council has outlined the precautions it has taken with partner agencies to ensure the borough is protected from flooding in the event of extreme weather events.

The details were made public at last week’s Full Council meeting and follow the terrible flooding which occurred in northern England and Scotland in December, which wrecked homes and caused millions of pounds of damage.

Construction work for the Salmons Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme, which aims to prevent Edmonton being flooded, has been completed by the Environment Agency with support from Enfield Council.

Edmonton was flooded in 1949, 1956 and 1987, and in 2000, 190 properties were water-damaged, costing an estimated £2m to repair.

The Council has also developed a comprehensive Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, which describes how the Council works with partners such as the Environment Agency and Thames Water to protect residents and businesses from flooding across the borough. The final version of the strategy will be published in March this year.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The desperate pictures we saw on TV of flooding over Christmas and the New Year were heart wrenching and brought back terrible memories of when our own borough was stricken by flooding in the early 2000s.

“We have been working incredibly hard since then to protect residents property and minimise the likelihood of people being affected by flooding in our borough. We have also been instrumental in developing the £15.3 million Salmons Brook flood alleviation project, which will protect 2,587 homes from the terrible devastation of flooding.”

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