A Jolly Time was had by our local representatives receiving Flood Prevention Awards!

It is truly warming to see our senior councillors, council chief executive and other “dignitaries” in congratulatory mood having been recognised for what appears to be their sterling efforts looking into the flooding on Canvey Island during 2014.

This on the same day that the Echo reported just 53 households had come forward to claim assistance with the flood prevention measures through Government funding.

Those families seriously affected by the flooding will no doubt be pleased to have seen and heard what looks like a very nice reception held for these groups to receive their little bits of paper.

That the Castle Point Council Scrutiny into the flooding remains incomplete and unavailable for publishing a year and a half following the event appears irrelevant!

That the £24,500,000 required to correct the “broken” and “worst drainage system in the Country” is unavailable from Government, appears irrelevant!

That the National Planning Policy has been weakened giving more flexibility to sustainable urban drainage system responsibility, thereby encouraging more development on Canvey Island, appears irrelevant!

That the Canvey Island Integrated Urban Drainage study has been conceded as not being anywhere near as thorough as Canvey residents were led to believe it was going to be, appears irrelevant!

A little less corporate speak and a little more on-street action would give residents some element of confidence they will not get flooded again.

While gulleys remain uncleared, and funding unavailable, public servants would do well to keep themselves from being photographed looking quite so pleased with themselves.

Such is the lives of our local dignitaries and “multi-agency partners.

Credit for the text below goes to Essex Fire and Rescue. I will not sully this blog with the accompanying photograph.

National award for Canvey flood scheme

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has received an award as part of a multi-agency partnership that was set up to prevent surface water floods on Canvey Island.

The partnership received the ‘Resilience’ award in the ‘Long Term Funding to Prevent, Prepare and Respond’ category at the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport national awards ceremony.

The multi-agency, which includes Anglian Water, Essex County Council, Castle Point Borough Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency, won the award for its work tackling surface flooding on Canvey Island.

Following a storm and heavy rainfall on July 20, 2014, the partnership was set up to address problems with surface water floods on Canvey.

Since then, hundreds of people have received flood risk and prevention advice, over 5,000 gullies and 2,500 manholes have been checked and open local watercourses have been mapped out.

Station Officer Duncan Lewis, ECFRS Technical Fire Safety, said: “We have worked closely with our partners to protect people and property on Canvey Island from future floods.

“I’m delighted the work of our multi-agency partnership been recognised and we have been awarded such a prestigious award.

“ECFRS has invested time, effort and resource in creating a plan to reduce the risk of future flooding on Canvey Island.

“We have improved our operations and we have been educating residents and schools about the flood risks and giving flood prevention advice.”

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One response to “A Jolly Time was had by our local representatives receiving Flood Prevention Awards!

  1. Editor
    What are these people celebrating, there is no money for the resolution of surface water flooding preventative measure beyond a few sticking plasters. The six point plan document is a record of what needs to be done and how the money should be spent in achieving a solution.

    We still await the outcome of the Canvey Island Flood Scrutiny Committees Report and yet those responsible for it contents seems satisfied with its outcome before its publication.

    What is known cannot be ignored.

    “The flat topography of the island, combined with the densely developed urban areas and covering of open watercourses has created an exceptional reliance on the designed drainage system. In addition, a large amount of Canvey’s drainage system was designed prior to the introduction of national design standards and is therefore likely to be of lesser capacity than new infrastructure. Older drainage systems may have been sufficient at the time of construction, but increased development and subsequent pressure on the already strained drainage system has meant that in some locations the capacity is not sufficient to provide effective drainage and mitigate flood risk. As a result of this, some areas of the island have suffered from a history of surface water in more moderate events than those of 20th July 2014 and 24th August 2013, and flood alleviation options should be investigated”

    What is certain is that Canvey will flood again if its drainage system does not undergo as has been identified the major overhaul programme..
    The maintenance of Canvey drains, ditches and dykes is a continuous task that can never be allowed to procrastinate as in the past.
    Waving pamphlets around will not convince Canvey Residents that the problem is resolved and knowing that the further planned large scale developments will have the adverse impact of increased flooding has not inspired any confidents of the governance of CPBC.

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