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Call for a summit on flooding fears
6:30am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS are calling for a public meeting to be held for residents in Castle Point to air their concerns about flooding.
Roads were turned into rivers once again last Friday following torrential downpours which left homes flooded as the drains failed to cope with the volume of water.
Tankers were drafted on to Canvey to ferry water from the streets by the lorry load as several routes became impassible and a danger to motorists.
It is the second time in two months south Essex has suffered widespread flooding due to heavy rain.
Following the trouble in August, meetings have been held between the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Castle Point Council, Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris and Essex County Council to devise an action plan to deal with flash flooding in the future.
Now, calls are being made to hold a public meeting to give residents the chance to speak to these public bodies directly and highlight the worst-hit flooding hotspots in the borough.
County councillor Dave Blackwell, leader of the Canvey Independent Party, said: “People are fed up. For some residents their homes had just about dried up from last time and then they were flooded again.
“We need to have a public meeting so we can all get together and people can find out what’s being done, and can also tell the experts from all the local bodies what they experienced.
We have got to listen to local knowledge.”
An Essex County Council spokesman, which is the lead authority on flooding, said the council is happy to discuss ideas on how to engage with the public on flooding matters.
County councillor Ray Howard added: “There is a lot being done and a lot of suggestions being put forward.
“I have never known weather conditions like this and we have got to realise this is happening more often.”
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