Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Flood Mitigation, Planning, Potwell Dyke Flood Group.

Representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council, VIA East Midlands Ltd and other key agencies will be present for a Southwell Community Flood Mitigation drop in session on Thursday 16th May at Southwell Library. There will be an overview of the projects that have been completed on flood risk management in Southwell since the flood event in 2013. Information will be provided hon the difference it has made to reduce the flood risk, plus the remaining work which includes the design and timescale for Potwell Dyke alleviation.
In the light of climate change, experience gained following the impact of Babet and Henk, plus improved knowledge on flooding, Nottinghamshire County Council is looking at new ways to deal with this increasing problem.
Do come along to find out more, ask your questions, air any concerns and meet members of Southwell Flood Forum core committee.

Storm Babet October 2023 Section 19 Flood Report by Nottinghamshire County Council

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Events, Flood Mitigation, Potwell Dyke Flood Group.

Following the Storm on 20th October 2023 in which about 11 houses in Southwell were internally flooded, Nottinghamshire County Council as the Lead Flood Authority is required to produce a Section 19 report “The objective of this report is to investigate which Risk Management Authorities had relevant flood risk management functions during the flooding in… Read more »

Government Resilience: Extreme Weather inquiry report (includes submission by SFF)

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Emergency Planning, In The Press.

In February 2024, Southwell Flood Forum submitted evidence to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry on ‘Government Resilience: Extreme Weather’.  The Committee’s inquiry report was published in April along with an accompanying press release. These offer some encouraging reading.  Amongst other sensible conclusions, the report highlights the importance of statutory responders having links… Read more »

Thanks to Hannah Coogan 10 years on

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Spotlight on Hannah Coogan by Binnies a member of the RSK group – a UK-based environmental, engineering and technical services group delivering sustainable solutions. Hannah O’Callaghan (as we knew her in 2013) was in the Flood Team at Nottinghamshire County Council and was instrumental in quickly and efficiently putting in a bid to DEFRA for… Read more »

Natural Flood Management – animated films highlight the benefits

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Flood Mitigation, Natural Flood Management.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust and partners have created four entertaining and engaging Creature Comforts-style animations to highlight how NFM can help protect Cumbria’s homes, businesses and farms. Funded by the Environment Agency the short films demonstrate how these techniques decrease flooding downstream, reduce the impact of drought on land, and reduce pollutants in water. NFM is… Read more »

Drought in the Trent catchment – how we can adapt and build back wetter

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See full article from Trent Rivers Trust Extracts below where Southwell is mentioned. This month, the Environment Agency declared a drought across large parts of England, including the Trent catchment. Due to low rainfall and increased demand, our rivers, brooks and streams have hit historical lows. Some smaller streams have dried up entirely. ……. The… Read more »

DEFRA consultation on storm overflows

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Potwell Dyke Flood Group, Watercourse Clearing.

Storm overflows are safety valves built into the combined sewer system to discharge excess sewage to rivers, lakes, or the sea when rainfall exceeds capacity. The deadline for comments is: 12th May 2022. The consultation website states: ‘Tackling storm overflows in England is a government priority. It is an issue which has received significant public… Read more »