Doncaster flood victims urged to have their say

Flooding in Toll Bar in 2007.
Flooding in Toll Bar in 2007.
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People in Doncaster are being urged to have their say on new flood management plans being drawn up.

The Environment Agency is calling on people to submit their views before Saturday, January 31 – the final deadline for submissions.

The call comes after the devastating floods of June 2007, in which 2,127 homes across 36 areas of Doncaster were submerged, causing millions of pounds of damage.

Toll Bar was worst hit, with the Army and emergency services drafted in as torrents of water swept through scores of homes, leaving the area underwater for several days.

Prince Charles visited the scenes of devastation and the village took years to recover from the flooding – caused by several days of heavy rain – in which many families lost all their possessions.

The agency’s flood risk management plans are produced for each of the 10 river basin districts in England .

The plans set out how the agency, councils, drainage authorities, highway managers and water companies will work together with communities to manage the risks of flooding.

The agency wants to know people’s views, to help shape the best way of dealing with floods in the future.

An agency spokesman said: “We are seeking views on the proposals to reduce flood risk for communities and to deal with the impacts of flooding when it does occur.”

Documents are available to view at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-flood-risk-management-plans where users can find out how to leave comments.

Meanwhile, households and businesses in Doncaster have been given access to a new tool to help them check for flood risks to their property.

Environment Agency data has been combined with mapping and postcode details to allow speedy and easy-to-understand use of flood area information which, for the first time, has been made available as ‘open’ data.

The website – www.checkmyfloodrisk.co.uk – allows users to precisely pinpoint their distance from known risks of flooding from rivers and the sea.

Rod Plummer, managing director of Shoothill, the company behind the scheme said: “We can easily imagine this becoming a standard check that people do before buying property.”

Overlaid on an interactive map, users can input a post code or address and see its proximity to flood risks – with greater pinpoint accuracy possible by dragging the ‘pin’ over any property or location.

The risk and distance to the nearest flood zone is then automatically displayed.