The year 2007 saw Worcestershire hit by some of the worst floods in memory.
Over 4,700 homes and businesses were impacted by the floods, bringing great pain and distress for those affected. The damage to Worcestershire's economy was also considerable, with damage to businesses, as well as disruption of the highway and transport infrastructures, bringing costs totalling millions of pounds.
Ten years on, significant improvements have been made to flood risk management across the County, including:
- Introduction of a range of new duties and powers for organisations who manage flood risk
- Development of much greater coordination between different organisations who manage flood risk
- Construction of large flood alleviation schemes eg: Upton-upon-Severn, Pershore, Kempsey, Powick, Worcester, Bewdley and Uckinghall.
- Construction of hundreds of smaller local flood alleviation schemes
- Improvement of watercourse management
- Development of improved emergency response plans
Worcestershire County Council has played a major role in this improvement and it has:
- Invested over £16 million into flood risk management and drainage improvements
- Implemented hundreds of highway drainage schemes
- Improved the maintenance of highway drainage infrastructure
- Worked with district council colleagues in the implementation of local flood alleviation schemes
- Worked with communities to help develop their flood resilience
- Produced the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
- Gained a detailed understanding of past and future potential flooding
- Worked with landowners to improve the way water courses are managed
- Responded to a number of flood events
Cllr Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said:
"The flooding of 2007 was devastating and many Worcestershire residents and businesses are still recovering. However, the County Council and its partners have made significant progress in the last ten years and the risk of flooding has been reduced for hundreds of homes, businesses and important infrastructure.
"We must not be complacent though. There is still a considerable amount of work to do in order to reduce both the likelihood and impact of flooding in the future.
"The County Council and the other organisations which manage flood risk, will continue to do their utmost to achieve this but it is essential that communities and individuals who are at risk also take responsibility and act to help themselves"
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