Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “The impact on communities of flooding or water shortages can be devastating and our priority is to make Hampshire more resilient so that people, homes, businesses and key infrastructure are protected. We work all year round with a wide range of partners including the Environment Agency, water companies, and district and parish councils to manage water and flood risk and to help make communities more resilient to the impact water can have both in terms of flooding and drought.”
The Local Flood and Water Management Strategy has been adopted following consultation with partner agencies and with the public this summer. It sets out how the whole water cycle and local flood risks will be managed in Hampshire by the County Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, in conjunction with partner organisations.
Councillor Humby continued: “This strategy sets out how we will work together on managing water resources, how the risk and impact of flooding can be reduced and mitigated, and how we can help communities to prepare and react. We’ve had a lot of rain already this year, including some intense rainfall in the last month or so– the intensity of which can overwhelm drainage systems for short periods, and groundwater levels are high. It all serves to remind us how important it is to be prepared and to put in place long term, sustainable solutions as we learn to live with the impact of a changing climate, while endeavouring to limit any further changes as set out in our Climate Change Strategy.”
The Environment Agency’s Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager Nick Gray said: “With climate change bringing warmer wetter winters and hotter drier summers it is more important than ever to work with communities to build climate resilient places. By taking a holistic catchment based approach to the management of water in Hampshire, this strategy goes a long way towards taking us in the right direction. We look forward to working with Hampshire County Council as well as many other partners and communities to respond to and adapt to these challenges. As always we would remind people that flood risk can never be fully eliminated and people should be aware of the risk in their area. You can sign up for our free flood warnings by calling 0345 988 118 or visiting www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings ”.
Find out more at: www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding
Read the Flood and Water Management Strategy at: www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/strategies/local-flood-risk-management-strategy