Half of plans to com­bat floods not im­ple­mented

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

JUST half the mea­sures pro­posed to com­bat flood­ing in the city two years ago have been im­ple­mented, it has been re­vealed.

De­tails emerged as city coun­cil­lors gave the go-ahead for a com­mit­tee in­quiry into the floods of Sun­day, May 27.

A re­port into the flood­ing of Selly Oak and Perry Barr in June 2016 made 80 rec­om­men­da­tions to pre­vent or lessen the im­pact of fur­ther flood.

But only 41 have been com­pleted, with a fur­ther 36 on course for com­ple­tion soon and one can­celled as not needed.

But two flood de­fence schemes in Har­borne Queens Park and Selly Park North, the lat­ter be­ing car­ried out by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency at Peb­ble Mill, are over­due.

The city was swept with floods fol­low­ing tor­ren­tial rain two weeks ago, with Selly Oak, Edg­bas­ton and Har­borne badly hit. Some prop­er­ties which had only re­cently been re­stored fol­low­ing the 2016 flood were wrecked.

Coun­cil­lors have now launched a full in­quiry into the floods and mea­sures to pre­vent fur­ther prob­lems to run along­side an of­fi­cial En­vi­rono­ment Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Cllr Roger Harmer (Lib Dem, Acocks Green) told coun­cil col­leagues they a caught in a flood­ing “jaws of doom” be­tween cli­mate change, mean­ing more se­vere storms and poor in­fra­struc­ture to move the wa­ter away.

Cllr Karen McCarthy (Lab, Selly Park and Bourn­brook) said: “Given this was the sec­ond time in two years that parts of this city ex­pe­ri­enced a ‘once in 100 year flood event’ we re­ally do need to find bet­ter ways to de­scribe these flood risks.”

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