Thursday, 23 March 2017

Meeting called as flooding becomes the 'new normal'

A SUMMIT is to be held to discuss the problem of flooding in Oxfordshire.

It has been called by Councillor Rodney Rose, cabinet member with responsibility for flood risk management, for March 21 and all organisations involved in flood management will be invited.

Cllr Rose said: “We have now had significant floods two years running and four times in the last decade, so we may have to face up to flooding as the ‘new normal’ in Oxfordshire.

“That is why I want to make sure that all the relevant organisations come together as soon as possible to learn lessons from these floods. We need to agree how we can work together to reduce the risk to homes, businesses and the transport links that are vital to our local economy.

“From what I have seen, all the agencies involved have worked extremely well together as an emergency response — probably better than ever. Once the flood water has receded and the clear-up is complete, I would like to see that same sense of shared purpose applied to reducing the risk of flooding in Oxfordshire in the future.

“We all know that public money for flood defences is limited, so it is very important that we put on a united front in Oxfordshire to get a share of whatever national investment is available.”

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