Flood prevention plans for Newhaven announced by Environment Agency
After last weekend’s unprecedented rainfall struck Cumbria and other parts of North West England and Scotland, our thoughts go out to the people and businesses affected by the floods, particularly at this time of year.
Locally, we in Sussex have had our own problems with flooding from rivers over the years, with the last big storm hitting Newhaven in December 2013 which resulted in floods affecting around 100 properties.
The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Lewes District Council, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership on plans for Newhaven’s tidal flood alleviation scheme.
Newhaven is particularly vulnerable to flooding due to its position from the sea and the River Ouse, and the scheme will see a £17 million flood defence scheme put in place to reduce the town’s risk of flooding.
How you can prepare your property in the event of flood warnings
Across England & Wales over 5.5 millions properties are at risk of flooding. If your home or business is situated in an area vulnerable to flooding, preparing a flood plan can greatly reduce the risk of damage and loss.
The Environment Agency has produced this guide to make your property less susceptible to damage should a flood take place.
How CountyClean Environmental Services can help?
CountyClean Environmental Services are licensed by the Environment Agency and provide an Emergency Flood Response, and can dispatch specialist Vacuum Tankers to properties across the South East of England.
These powerful pump units can remove flood water, and carry out surface water drainage following a flood, which can contribute greatly to protecting property from further damage and minimise the risk from pollution in contaminated water.
This 24 hour Emergency Flood response is available by calling 0800 171 2204.