Worcestershire County Council has published a report today which details the findings of an investigation into the flooding which happened at Hollywood, in north-east Worcestershire, last May.
The flood event had a devastating impact on local residents, businesses and infrastructure. More than 300 properties were affected and many residents needed to evacuate their homes. It is estimated that the flood event will end up costing in excess of £15m.
The report confirms that approximately 2 months' worth of rain (130mm) fell in just 2 hours (exceeding anything experienced during the 2007 flood event) and it was impossible for watercourses and drainage / sewer infrastructure to cope with the extra water.
The County Council has worked closely with the local community, local councillors and all of the organisations which responded to the emergency to carry out the investigation and produce the report.
Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment, Cllr Tony Miller said:
"This was a terrible and very significant event for the Hollywood community and many residents will feel its effect years to come. However, I am very proud of the response to it from the relevant organisations, the local councillors and the community itself.
It's clear that the flooding was caused by the sheer scale of the rainfall but I'm pleased to see that there is no complacency and that potential ways to reduce the likelihood and severity of any future flooding are being thoroughly explored and developed along with ways in which we might improve our response.
I am confident that the new multi-agency Hollywood Flood Risk Management Group will develop and implement an appropriate action plan and I urge impacted residents to consider joining together to form a local Flood Action Group to help shape, steer and deliver the emerging plans."
To read the report and for more information, please go to the Hollywood flooding page on the Council's website.