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Herefordshire to host important flood and coastal meeting

Herefordshire Council is delighted to be hosting this quarter’s important English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) meeting.

The meeting will take place at the council’s Brockington office in Hereford on Tuesday 1 October.

The English Severn and Wye RFCC covers the English part of the River Severn, the longest river in Britain, extending from its source in the Welsh Hills to the mouth of the Bristol Channel, and the English River Wye which meets the Severn Estuary just below Chepstow.

Organised by the Environment Agency, the RFCC brings together members appointed by lead local flood authorities and independent members with relevant experience.

RFCCs play an important local role in guiding flood and coastal risk management activities within catchments and along the coast, advising on and approving programmes of work for their areas as well as raising local levies to fund local priority projects and works in partnership with others.

Councillor Russell B Hamilton, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for environment, housing and planning and member of the committee, said: “It is an honour to be hosting this meeting, which is highly significant for Herefordshire.  Flooding is an issue that we know only too well can have devastating effects on homes and businesses.  We in this county have been proactive insofar as resources will allow and continue to do all we can to reduce the possibility of flood damage.  There has been considerable investment in this county and across the RFCC area thanks to local authorities and the Environment Agency’s work.

“Since becoming the cabinet member responsible for flood issues, I have visited many communities throughout the county meeting local people and discussing their issues.  We have taken these on board and are using that information and working with communities to tackle the identified issues.  The nature of this often means that it can take time to identify the right solutions and resources.  The outcome is often a combination of help from statutory bodies combined with personal property protection.”

To find out more about flood issues in Herefordshire or for advice and reporting, please visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods or www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.