Worcestershire County Council has launched a final consultation on its draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to ensure every resident and business has the opportunity to express their views.
The consultation is open until Monday 29 February 2016, and the Local Flood Risk Strategy will be formally adopted in July 2016. The Council, as a Lead Local Flood Authority, has a duty to manage flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses across the county.
The Environment Agency is responsible for managing flood risks from main rivers, such as the River Severn and the River Teme, and Severn Trent Water is responsible for handling flooding from sewers.
Cllr Anthony Blagg, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environment, said: “The draft Strategy sets out the framework for how we want to manage and - where possible - reduce local flood risk. We will do this in partnership with key organisations, including the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water, as well as local communities.
"Residents, businesses and local groups are now invited to have their say before the strategy is adopted. This will enable us to be as prepared as possible to deal with local flooding incidents that could arise in the future."
The consultation closing date is Monday 29 February 2016. To read the draft Strategy and comment visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flooding Paper copies of the draft Strategy are also available in the County Council's libraries and County Hall.
Comments should be emailed to LFRMSconsultation@worcestershire.gov.uk