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Council release funds to tackle flooding

Politics / Tue 11th Feb 2014 am28 09:22am

ESSEX County Council is releasing £1m of emergency funding to tackle road flooding across the county.

A package of measures is being put in place urgently in conjunction with District/ Borough/ City Councils to identify the worst flooding points, where action will be taken to clear culverts, empty and jet gullies and remove debris.

Essex County Councillor Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, is calling on the emergency services, drainage authorities, landowners, water authorities, rangers and the Environment Agency to also play their part in helping to clear up these flooding hotspots.

Councillor Bass said: “Essex has experienced the longest sustained period of wet weather for many years. As the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation I very much welcome the additional emergency support of £1m that will go some way to alleviating the roadside flooding we are experiencing. Investing resources sensibly in this way also prevents future flooding. I hope partner agencies will follow our initiative to ensure an effective response at the worst points of flooding.

“We are calling on each of our 12 Districts to identify the five worst flooding hotspots on the road network by the end of this week so that we can begin this emergency operation, with their support, and try to deal with 60 flooding hotspots across Essex.”

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