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Help needed to reduce flooding risk
PEOPLE living in Dorset are being asked for their help with managing local flood risks.
Last year saw the county badly hit by flooding, and Dorset County Council wants to increase understanding of where flooding happens and what natural or man-made features help prevent it.
There will be a number of drop-in sessions across the county where people find out how they can become involved. There is also an online survey explaining what it is all about.
Local flooding comes from a number of sources including surface water, groundwater, lakes and ordinary watercourses, such as ditches and streams.
In the last few years Dorset has seen a high amount of snow and rain which has led to impassable roads and flooded properties.
The council is working with the Environment Agency, Wessex Water and local district and borough councils to create a flood risk management strategy.
The plan will look into ways of coordinating flood risk management between the different agencies involved and seek ways to help communities manage the flood risk.
Public feedback will inform development plans and improve flood prediction and warning systems.
Hilary Cox, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We want to prioritise flood risk management to reflect the impact it has and the funding available.
“Structures and features both private and public that protect properties from flooding may not be legally protected and can be altered without consent.
“It is important that our records are developed and appropriate structures legally protected to ensure properties remain protected.
“This is your opportunity to influence how flooding can be better managed. We are holding a number of drop-in sessions across Dorset and an online survey.”
Visit dorsetforyou.com/localfloodrisk or call Dorset Direct on 01305 221021.
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