13:50 Tuesday 08 January 2013

Flooding meeting will allow fears to be raised

Written byBY ROB SMYTH

AN emergency meeting has been organised to discuss severe flooding problems in an East Staffordshire village.

The Environment Agency has set up a Rolleston on Dove flood surgery to try and devise a solution to put an end to the problem that besieged residents during 2012.

Torrential downpours in July left areas of the village partially under water, with people using sandbags in a bid to protect their homes.

The meeting will allow people to discuss concerns with staff from the Environment Agency, Staffordshire County Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council.

A spokesman for Rolleston on Dove Parish Council told the Mail: “This will be an opportunity to discuss issues with the flood risk management team and provide information on how you were affected by the recent flooding.

“There will also be representatives from Staffordshire County Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council in attendance.

“Information from residents is important in helping them understand and improve their management of flood risk.

“The Environment Agencies principal responsibilities relate to flooding from rivers, however significant damage can be caused from surface water and sewer flooding so they are interested in all information you may be able to provide.

“Your information will help them to better understand the impacts of flooding, identify opportunities for working with their partner organisations, and enable a more comprehensive and integrated flood risk management service.”

People who live in the village are also being asked to fill in a questionnaire that will be used by for the purpose of this flooding survey.

The meeting will take place form 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, January 16 at St Mary’s Church, in Church Road, Rolleston.

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