Some quite startling revelations regarding the July 2014 flooding of Canvey Island, that caused such great concern, misery and expense to residents, are revealed within a presentation by the Flood Partnership Manager at Essex County Council.
The presenter revealed a level of criticism of the work of the Multi-Agency Task Force, assembled in response to the flooding and comprising of the Environment Agency, Castle Point Council, Essex County Council, Anglian Water, Essex Fire and Rescue and the Police, that had been identified by the S19 Report of Sir Mark Walport, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser.
Firstly that the Multi-Agency Task Force appear to have failed to have covered all possible improvements in reaction and prevention methods for future flood events, the S19 Government Report expected more definite action.
Secondly, the Government Office of Science S19 Report was challenged by the Presenter in that it was believed the final S19 Report had included a mistake suggesting a single person be appointed with sole responsibility to impose and oversee improvements and take charge of major flood incidents.
The presenter revealed it was assumed a mistake was reproduced and that what the S19 Report actually meant was that one sole agency, or department, should take responsibility!
We find this highly questionable given the flaky decision-making concerning Flood Risk where multi-agency involvement leads to a lack of responsibility being grasped by any single person or department.
The extent of the S19 Report indicated the seriousness applied to this single incident, acknowledging that a similar event had occurred just 11 months previously and was likely to happen again.
The principles of the Pitt Report clearly should be strictly adhered to as should the S19 Report and all monies allocated be accounted for!