Flooding meeting a success, say councillors

Environment Agency 'encouraged' by Monday's meeting

Environment Agency 'encouraged' by Monday's meeting

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SEVERE flooding on Canvey was discussed at an emergency meeting.

MP Rebecca Harris and councillors met with the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and Essex County Council’s Emergency Planning team to talk about the problems.

The equivalent of the entire monthly rainfall for the island fell in just 90 minutes causing homes and businesses to become swamped.

Liz Truss, the new secretary of state for the environment and Paul Leinster, head of the Environment Agency, also visited Canvey on Friday afternoon.

Ray Howard, Canvey councillor responsible for floods and water management, said: “It was a very productive meeting. There’s no doubt there’s a strategy that’s going to be worked out about drains, pumps and improvements.

“We had it confirmed we had four inches of rain water. That is unprecedented.

“We are working tirelessly to sort this out.”

Another meeting is planned for six weeks time but the group decided to inspect drains regularly and deal with issues as soon as they arise, look at bringing in more cash to increase the capacity of existing drains on the island and come up with a system to get emergency advice and information out to Canvey residents.

Dr Charles Beardall, area manager for the Environment Agency, added: “We are committed to doubling our efforts to work with all partners and the community on Canvey Island.”

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5:16pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Old Southendian says...

"All the agencies agreed to work together"

Surely part of the problem is that there are a number of agencies involved and in my limited experience of trying to get some action there is a degree of buck passing going on until a crisis point is reached.

Working together to ensure the infrastructure is regularly inspected. Surely this is stating the obvious! If the system is up to the job, which I suspect it is not, regular maintenance and testing is essential to ensure maximum efficiency when needed in an emergency.

How about some local - Canvey based - wardens to look after the equipment, not people who have to come from Chelmsford etc and get stuck in traffic on the way whilst pumps sit idle having tripped out and the flood waters continue to rise?
"All the agencies agreed to work together" Surely part of the problem is that there are a number of agencies involved and in my limited experience of trying to get some action there is a degree of buck passing going on until a crisis point is reached. Working together to ensure the infrastructure is regularly inspected. Surely this is stating the obvious! If the system is up to the job, which I suspect it is not, regular maintenance and testing is essential to ensure maximum efficiency when needed in an emergency. How about some local - Canvey based - wardens to look after the equipment, not people who have to come from Chelmsford etc and get stuck in traffic on the way whilst pumps sit idle having tripped out and the flood waters continue to rise? Old Southendian
  • Score: 11

5:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

billericay boy says...

Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.
Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go. billericay boy
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Old Southendian says...

Well done Echo on updating the article and cutting out specific content on which I chose to quote and comment.

WHY?
Well done Echo on updating the article and cutting out specific content on which I chose to quote and comment. WHY? Old Southendian
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Tue 29 Jul 14

billericay boy says...

billericay boy wrote:
Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.
Oh yes and for everyone who has block paved their gardens and driveways including my self dose not help water drainage.
[quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.[/p][/quote]Oh yes and for everyone who has block paved their gardens and driveways including my self dose not help water drainage. billericay boy
  • Score: 4

5:56pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

All the oies were eaten and all the ale drunk. A succesful meeting. Burp....
All the oies were eaten and all the ale drunk. A succesful meeting. Burp.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Gary_Williamson says...

try turning on and maintaining the pumps.... where will the water go? out to sea thats where.. it aint rocket science....
try turning on and maintaining the pumps.... where will the water go? out to sea thats where.. it aint rocket science.... Gary_Williamson
  • Score: 17

7:06pm Tue 29 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

billericay boy wrote:
billericay boy wrote:
Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.
Oh yes and for everyone who has block paved their gardens and driveways including my self dose not help water drainage.
Canvey is below sea level. The pumps wouldn't have coped anyway as a months rain fell in 90 minutes. With the pumps going full out how long has it taken them to remove the water?
[quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.[/p][/quote]Oh yes and for everyone who has block paved their gardens and driveways including my self dose not help water drainage.[/p][/quote]Canvey is below sea level. The pumps wouldn't have coped anyway as a months rain fell in 90 minutes. With the pumps going full out how long has it taken them to remove the water? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

bazza 1 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
billericay boy wrote:
billericay boy wrote:
Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.
Oh yes and for everyone who has block paved their gardens and driveways including my self dose not help water drainage.
Canvey is below sea level. The pumps wouldn't have coped anyway as a months rain fell in 90 minutes. With the pumps going full out how long has it taken them to remove the water?
If the pumps had been serviceable and available, they probably would have coped with the rain water. It was because the pumps failed and were unavailable for a couple of hours, that the flooding occurred. Had they been available it is not beyond belief that they would have coped. Also, they " Lift the water from low level sewer, and pump to a higher level, and eventually to the sea. All sewer systems, especially in London, work in the same way.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: Don't blame drains, don't blame rivers not being dredged If the water table is up to the brim all around this country where is the water going to go.[/p][/quote]Oh yes and for everyone who has block paved their gardens and driveways including my self dose not help water drainage.[/p][/quote]Canvey is below sea level. The pumps wouldn't have coped anyway as a months rain fell in 90 minutes. With the pumps going full out how long has it taken them to remove the water?[/p][/quote]If the pumps had been serviceable and available, they probably would have coped with the rain water. It was because the pumps failed and were unavailable for a couple of hours, that the flooding occurred. Had they been available it is not beyond belief that they would have coped. Also, they " Lift the water from low level sewer, and pump to a higher level, and eventually to the sea. All sewer systems, especially in London, work in the same way. bazza 1
  • Score: 2

12:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ian P says...

Dr Charles Beardall, area manager for the Environment Agency, added: “We are committed to doubling our efforts to work with all partners and the community on Canvey Island.” In view of the fact that the EA basically did nothing, doubling the effort will be easy. Unfortunately, for those living on Canvey twice nothing is still nothing.
Dr Charles Beardall, area manager for the Environment Agency, added: “We are committed to doubling our efforts to work with all partners and the community on Canvey Island.” In view of the fact that the EA basically did nothing, doubling the effort will be easy. Unfortunately, for those living on Canvey twice nothing is still nothing. Ian P
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ian P says...

Ray Howard said, among other things the group decided to "come up with a system to get emergency advice and information out to Canvey residents". Did we not read on here that a system was being put in place to send information to residents if there was an emergency at the gas & oil terminals, and did Calor not get planning approval on the basis of this system?
Ray Howard said, among other things the group decided to "come up with a system to get emergency advice and information out to Canvey residents". Did we not read on here that a system was being put in place to send information to residents if there was an emergency at the gas & oil terminals, and did Calor not get planning approval on the basis of this system? Ian P
  • Score: 0

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