Extra flood surgeries arranged

Flood damage in Devon

Posted on: 24 July 2012

Additional flood surgery events will be held across Devon to enable more people to provide information to local authorities and agencies about the recent floods.

The surgeries, organised by Devon County Council, the Environment Agency and East Devon and South Hams District Councils, will now also be held at:

Harbertonford Village Hall on Tuesday 31 July from 12.30pm-6.30pm.
Stowford Community Centre, Sidmouth, on Wednesday 1 August from 12pm-6.30pm.

Sessions have already been arranged at:

Modbury Parish Offices from 12pm-7pm today (Tuesday 24 July).
Yealmpton Parish Offices from 2pm–7pm on Wednesday 25 July.
Axminster Guildhall from 12pm-7pm on Thursday 26 July.

The events are an opportunity for residents and local businesses who have either been affected by the flooding or have on-going concerns about flooding, to share their views and experiences with officers from all of the local authorities.

It will also give the Councils and Environment Agency the opportunity to gather information about the flooding incident. People who attend the open sessions are invited to bring along any photographs, video clips or notes taken during the event. Laptops will be available to download information.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, County Councillor for Sidmouth and Sidford and Chairman of the Devon Flood Risk Management Partnership, said: “The recent flooding has impacted on many Devon communities and we want to reassure everyone affected that we will listen to their concerns. We need to hear their thoughts on what happened and the response to see what lessons can be learnt.”

This is a chance for residents not only from Sidmouth but also from Budleigh Salterton, Harpford and other surrounding communities to talk to officers from all of the relevant bodies and have their say. Their information will also help us to build a picture of events and what could possibly be done to be better prepared in future.”

Further events will be organised at a future date to gather information and concerns from other areas within Devon that may have avoided the worst of the recent flooding.

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