Appeal to build full picture of the floods

Woodside Avenue, Seaton Delaval. By Stephen Stanners.
Woodside Avenue, Seaton Delaval. By Stephen Stanners.

PHOTOGRAPHS taken by residents of the recent floods are being sought.

Northumberland County Council is asking members of the public to help it build a detailed picture of serious flooding that took place in the county.

The council acts as lead local flood authority, and in this role has to collect details and evidence that could support future flood alleviation work and other developments.

Coun Simon Reed, the council’s executive member for infrastructure and environment, said: “The Floods and Water Management Act places a duty on lead local flood authorities such as Northumberland to investigate flooding incidents.

“We already have a lot of detail about what happened, but we want to make sure that we have a very detailed picture.

“We are asking members of the public to send details of establishments that were flooded and what type they were, what depths the flood water reached, how the water entered a building or area and how quickly the water rose.

“It is important to us to understand how the floods have affected all residents and business.

“A detailed picture helps us to represent concerns at a national level, making sure the needs of people in Northumberland are not forgotten.”

Surface water flooding on June 28 was widespread and the council provided emergency response across a number of service areas.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s swift water rescue team and fire crews was deployed across the county and a number of agencies worked together to combat the effects, including the council, Northumbria Police, and the Environment Agency.

Anyone with details and photographs of the floods can e-mail them to fcerm@northumberland.gov.uk