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Help us understand flooding in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council is consulting with local residents to better understand the impact of flooding in the borough.

 

The recent wet weather experienced across the UK is a reminder of how flooding has the potential to cause widespread damage and loss. Bedford Borough was spared some of the worst flooding seen elsewhere in the country although heavy rainfall did cause the river to swell spreading surface water and making some rural roads impassable.

 

Bedford Borough Council took swift action including:

- prepared special ‘aqua bags’ to be installed at appropriate locations
- coordinating emergency flood response officers to visit at risk homes,
- setting up a 24 hour emergency telephone line
- working closely with local organisations including the RSPCA and Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency Volunteers and emergency services to be prepared should flooding take place.


 Although there were no reports of internal flooding to homes or businesses received the borough was well prepared in case the situation worsened.

 

The Council is always keen to listen to local residents and make sure it is doing all it can to prevent flooding damage in the borough. This consultation is asking for residents thoughts on how we can ensure the way we manage flood risk reflects the priorities and concerns of local residents.

 

The consultation runs from the 12th March to 7th May 2014.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Flooding can devastate lives and we take we take this risk extremely seriously.

 

“When the borough was threatened with flooding last month we put our stringent flood management plans into action and worked with residents, the emergency services and volunteer groups to ensure the borough was well prepared in case the worst of the weather, which was seen elsewhere in the country, arrived in the borough.

 

“We are not complacent however and we are speaking to local residents to ensure the way we manage and deal with flooding risk reflects the priorities of our local residents and businesses.

 

“If you have any ideas for how the borough could deal with potential flooding in the future, then get in touch before the consultation closes in May.”

 

Bedford Borough Council is a Lead Local Flood Authority and as such has certain duties and responsibilities when it comes to flooding. This includes producing a ‘Local Flood Risk Management Strategy’ for the Borough.

 

Whether you have been flooded or not, your responses to the current consultation will help us to develop the strategy and ensure it is locally relevant and that it reflects your concerns for the future resilience of our Borough.

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