An issue that regularly causes concern for residents in the Selby District, including the Western CEF area, is flooding. Following the Western CEF Partnership Board meeting in June, it was agreed that some flooding information should be added to the Western CEF webpages; this information is set out below.
There is also useful general information about flooding on the Council's website here.
Environment Agency Incident Hotline
In case of a flooding incident or emergency, you can call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60. This is a 24-hour service.
You can sign up to flood warnings, and see which ones are in your area, online at https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings.
Useful Information from the Environment Agency
The Environment Agency have supplied us with some helpful leaflets about what to do if your house is flooded or at risk of flooding, and how to prepare your property for flooding. You can view these documents below:
There is further information about Property Level Resilience at this link: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/media/172419/Flood-resilient-homes-leaflet.pdf
Environment Agency Maintenance Maps
The Environment Agency has online searchable maps that set out its asset maintenance programme for channels, flood defences and structures on main rivers and the coasts and will be updated quarterly to show progress. Click here to access the maps.
Flood Warden Groups
The Environment Agency are looking for people in local communities prone to flooding to volunteer as Flood Wardens.
Flood Wardens are individuals or groups who live and/or work in communities at risk of flooding. They are the eyes and ears on the ground for the Incident Room, able to report back on river levels and affected areas with the benefit of local knowledge and experience of flooding in that particular area. The Incident Room will call the Flood Wardens for information, and the Flood Wardens are given a dedicated number they can call to reach the incident room when it is open. This means they can have access to the latest forecasts. Flood wardens can help and prepare those in the local community that are at risk from flooding. They are a vital link between residents, local government and the Environment Agency.
Further information and what to do if you would like to volunteer as a Flood Warden can be viewed here.
Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme
Information about the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme can be found by clicking the link here.
Updates on flooding from the Environment Agency at Western Partnership Board on 26 June 2018
The Western CEF Partnership Board discusses flooding at the majority of its meetings. On 26 June a representative from the Environment Agency was in attendance, and answered a number of questions from the Board, and gave updates on recent maintenance. The points raised in the dicussion are set out in the minutes of the meeting which can be viewed here.