Flood prevention in East Yorkshire lagging behind

Published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire is poorly equipped to prepare for heavy rains because of an Environment Agency (EA) flood prevention work backlog, it has been claimed.

Beverley and North Holderness Internal Drainage Board (IDB) says the EA should have kept up to date with its watercourse programme, which is key to combating flood risk.

The EA blames the pile-up on recent flooding and fresh health and safety legislation.

The IDB claims the area’s drainage network would be even worse had it not done lots of the work itself last summer.

IDB’s Martin Voase said: “It’s too late. We should have been cleaning the drains in August, September, October, ready for when the rain comes.”

The EA said: “We are currently improving its health and safety approval procedures for work within two metres of a watercourse, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff.

“While the new procedures are being introduced, we are prioritising watercourse maintenance based on flood risk to people and properties.

“Our operational maintenance work has also been delayed by our response to the recent flooding that occurred across Yorkshire and Cumbria over the Christmas period.”

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Published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 by The News Editor

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