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Hampshire appoints independent consultant to investigate flooding in Romsey area

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, has confirmed that following his request to the Director of Environment for the County Council to launch a formal investigation into flooding incidences that have occurred in the Romsey area this winter, that independent consultants have now been appointed. They are CH2M Hill, technical specialists in this area of work.

The consultants will examine the causes of flooding in the Romsey area, and what could be done to address these, as well as the different responsibilities of various organisations in mitigating the risk of flooding. An interim report is expected on 28 February, followed by a further progress report on 20 March. The final report will be available on 20 April. Once the work is complete, the independent reports will be published so that everyone, especially those affected by the flooding can see what the issues are, what needs to be done about them, and who is responsible for addressing this. Once initial findings are available they will be used to inform any urgent work that needs to be carried out.

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Hampshire County Council has the role of Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) in Hampshire, which involves managing the flood risk related to groundwater, surface water and ordinary watercourse flooding. The Environment Agency remains responsible for coastal and main river flooding. Hampshire County Council can additionally undertake scrutiny activity to ensure flood risk management is appropriately exercised throughout the county.

As Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Hampshire County Council is leading the co-ordination of this work including the investigation into flooding in Romsey and at other flooding incidents across the County.

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, commented: "We have appointed these experts and independent consultants as quickly as possible and I want them to look at the various flooding problems right across Romsey. I am appreciative of the work that has been done by all the agencies including staff of the County Council in addressing the issues but above all I want to know what can be done to prevent further occurrences as far as possible. I know there have been exceptional weather conditions but we need drainage systems designed to cope."

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