Residents rally round to sort out flooding problem

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RESIDENTS are setting up their own task force to prevent another major flood in Emsworth.

People affected by the flood last November will gather for a showdown with experts to thrash out how the drainage problems in the town can be alleviated.

Emsworth Residents’ Association plans to gather all the information it can to produce a flood action plan.

It has also joined forces with the National Flood Forum charity, and wants to compile a list of measures residents can take to reduce the damage to property should a flood ever occur again.

The flooding of November 9 caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage and many residents have still not returned to their homes.

Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of the residents’ association, said she wanted to get all the relevant agencies – including the Environment Agency, Southern Water and Havant Borough Council – round the table.

But ahead of this meeting, she wants to hear from anyone affected by the flooding for a brainstorming session.

The first half of the residents’ associations’ Annual General Meeting on Monday will concentrate on the flooding problem.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm at Emsworth Community Centre, in Church Path.

Mrs Clode said: ‘If you have a public meeting which is unstructured, all you achieve is that people let off steam and put their own theories forward.

‘We will have a meeting with multiple agencies.

‘It will not be a confrontational meeting.

‘This is very much a resident-driven action plan.

‘We will manage that plan and hold people to account and make sure these things are done.’

She added: ‘We can’t do the work.

‘It’s going to require finances and expert resources which we don’t have.

‘It could mean a bigger grill in Bridge Road.

‘It could mean smartening up communications between the agencies and residents.’

The National Flood Forum has organised a flood fair at Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester, on Tuesday between 2.30pm and 7pm.

People will be able to see equipment such as flood doors and toilet bungs.