As the anniversary of Easter floods approach the
In 1998, an unusually wet spring led to severe flooding, with thousands of homes across the county affected. Two people lost their lives and over 150 people were hospitalised.
The EA has invested 12 million pounds in flood risk management in
The EA is planning with its partners to invest a further 1.8 million pounds by 2021 to reduce flood risk to even more people and properties across the county.
In addition to this investment, the EA has also made progress by using modern technology to improve the way it can warn people when flooding is possible. Over 4,500 properties in
Although the EA and its partners work around the clock to protect people and their property from flooding, the risk can never be completely eliminated. A third of properties at risk are still not registered to receive flood warnings, as residents have not signed up to the EA's free flood warning service. The EA urges people to prepare themselves and their loved ones for flooding by signing up now.
"Flooding is always devastating for those affected, and I know this has been the case for people and businesses in
"That is why we have invested almost 12m pounds in
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"Although we can reflect on 20 years of progress being made since the significant floods of 1998, we also recognise that flooding remains a risk to local communities across
"This is why our free flood warning service is so important. Flood warnings give people valuable time to prepare for flooding - time that allows them to move themselves, their families and precious items to safety. Our flood warnings save lives and enable the emergency services to prepare and help communities.
"I'd urge residents across the county to check whether they are at risk of flooding and to sign up for flood warnings, by visiting www.gov.uk/flood or calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188."
"Working with partners as the
"The Pathfinder projects have empowered communities to tailor-make measures for their local areas, while the award-winning Flood Toolkit provides an online resource which acts as a central point of information for all flood-related issues.
"However, we cannot be complacent and we recognise that we must continue to work together with the people of
"Such events can be disastrous and it can take an age to recover from the devastation they leave in their wake.
"A huge amount of work has been done in the past 2 decades to minimise the risk of such an awful event occurring again in
"As in 1998,
"Advances in both training and equipment mean we are well prepared and equipped to respond to all emergency incidents requiring our services, including flooding, but our aim is to help prevent incidents before life is at risk. In this respect I urge everyone to help themselves and be prepared by signing up to the flood warning system."