The Environment Agency will be attending a community meeting on 2 July in Irwell Vale and a flooding drop in surgery in Crawshawbooth on 5 July. We will answer questions from local residents following flooding in these areas on Friday 22 June.
This meeting will be an opportunity for residents to understand why the flooding occurred and find out more about flood risk in their area. They will also be able to get information on what they can do to ensure that they are prepared for the future.
The Environment Agency will attend, together with Rossendale Borough Council, to provide information and answer questions from Irwell Vale residents. We have been working with the community in Irwell Vale, through the Irwell Vale Flood Action Group, for some time. We have helped the group to produce a community flood plan to ensure that they are prepared for flooding.
In Irwell Vale, the community meeting will begin at 7pm and will be held at Irwell Vale Church, Bowker Street, Irwell Vale, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0QQ. The surgery at Crawshawbooth will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Crawshawbooth Community Centre, Adelaide Street, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 5DA.
These community events will be tailored to the needs of residents in Irwell Vale and Crawshawbooth, all of whom are welcome to attend. There is no need to book a place.
On Friday 22 June, following intense, heavy rainfall approximately 10 properties in Irwell Vale were flooded from the River Irwell and around 90 properties in Crawshawbooth were flooded from Folly Clough Brook. Some parts of the North West saw a month’s worth of rain fall in just 48 hours.
Suzanne Hughes, spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “I would encourage local people to come along to these community events. These are good opportunities to put questions to the Environment Agency and Rossendale Borough Council to find out more about what happened and why. Our thoughts are with those whose properties were flooded and we want to ensure that they have all the information they need.”
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To find out more about flood risk and register for flood warnings members of the public can call The Environment Agency’s Floodline number on 0845 988 1188. You can also find out how you can take action to prepare for flooding. Information is available on our website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodnorthwest.
The Environment Agency is organising a number of community meetings and drop in surgeries in areas that have recently been affected by flooding. The community meeting to be held in Irwell Vale on Monday 2 July and the flooding drop in surgery in Crawshawbooth will specifically focus on flood risk in these locations. For this reason, it will be more worthwhile for residents from nearby areas to attend community events where they live, or to contact the Environment Agency directly.
To find out more about the Environment Agency’s community drop in events for those affected by flooding, view this film on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ul1UlTECF8&list=UU8XLubOua8P9B1hT0Qb5Tbg&index=1&feature=plcp