“Storm Henk led to the worst flooding in Rutland for over a generation. Our officers have worked tirelessly to mount a response, within the existing policies of the Council, and we are continuing to provide help and support to people who’ve been affected. We are also lobbying national government to release extra funding for flood-hit areas.
“Tonight’s Special Meeting has given Councillors and residents a chance to discuss the issue of flooding and I would like to thank all those who took the time to read questions and deputations.
“It’s clear that severe weather incidents like Storm Henk and Storm Babet are becoming more common and having a bigger impact on communities. While the previous Council declared a Climate Crisis in 2021, this has not been matched with sufficient resources, until now. Our new Administration has made this a priority and set money aside in its first budget to achieve meaningful objectives in response to climate change.
“A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment was completed in October of last year and will help to inform a review of the Council’s current Flood Risk Management Strategy. Our new strategy will be developed in consultation with residents and key stakeholders and will need to reflect the growing risk of flooding to homes and business premises in the County – not just the kind of surface water flooding we’ve seen in the past.
“We have also taken steps to commission a detailed investigation into the causes and circumstances of this month’s flooding. This is a thorough process which can take significant time, as we know from other councils who’ve carried out the same kind of review. Once complete, it will provide firm recommendations for all those who have responsibility for managing and responding to local flooding.”
Councillor Gale Waller, Leader of Rutland County Council