Thursday, 20 September 2012

Share your flooding memories

We are asking people in East Sussex for their memories of localised flooding to help us lessen the chances of it happening again. One person who answers the flooding questionnaire will also win a pair of wellies.

Under the 2010 Flood & Water Management Act, the County Council is responsible for managing surface water flooding, although river flooding is still the responsibility of the Environment Agency. As part of this work, the Council is carrying out modelling of localised flood risk across East Sussex and designing flood reduction schemes in specific areas. This is a joint project involving Lewes District Council, Wealden District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, the Environment Agency and Southern Water.

In order to help with the design of these schemes the council is asking people to share any information about flooding in four areas:

The Nevill Estate, Lewes
Eastbourne Town Centre
Uckfield Town Centre
Broyle Side, Ringmer.
On Friday 14 September 2012 residents living in these areas received a questionnaire through their letterbox and people will also be able to share their memories online on the consultations page. So if you used to live or work in one of these areas please do get in touch.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport and Environment said, “In order to do the best we can to prevent flooding across the county, we would like to hear about any flooding incidents that you have experienced in these four areas. Do you have any photos of the flooding in question or can you tell us about flood levels in or around your property? The information you supply will help fine tune our computer models and ensure that any flood protection goes to where it is needed.”

A new pair of Hunter wellington boots will be awarded to the person whose questionnaire is picked at random once the consultation is finished. All questionnaires returned, by post and online will be included in the draw.

For more information on the consultation and for a copy of the questionnaire please see:

Flooding in East Sussex – have your say

Questionnaires can be completed online or returned by post.

This consultation closes on 1 October 2012.

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