Flood risks are on the agenda at council event

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FLOODING and how to best deal with it was the subject of a partnership event at the county council.

It was one of the first partnership events of its kind and was held at the county council.

More than 100 delegates discussed the importance of flood risk management, including representatives from parish, district and borough councils, water companies and the Environment Agency.

Speakers included Southern Water’s chief executive Matthew Wright and Paul Cobbing from the National Flood Forum charity.

Executive member for environment at the county council Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘The aim was to encourage people to be prepared and be prepared to work together.’

Mr Cobbing said: ‘We are hoping to become aware of more community-based approaches to dealing with flooding. Communities are the key to managing flooding.’

Jonathan Day, from the Environment Agency, said: ‘Partnership working is essential. All those involved need to work together.’