Next phase of floods recovery effort under way

Press Release: 14/03/2014

A flooded River Itchen in Winchester

The floods recovery effort in the Winchester district will be as important as the emergency response.

That is the message from Winchester City Council as it continues to deal with the aftermath of the severe winter flooding and groundwater issues across its area.

Cllr Keith Wood, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

We are grateful that for many the floods have receded, but we are acutely aware that for others the issues continue. This includes continuing problems with high groundwater levels and the worry and distress for all those who were affected financially.

I intend that the City Council will be there for the long haul. We turned all our efforts to dealing with the emergency but the long-term recovery effort is just as important.

Winchester City Council’s contribution to the floods recovery effort includes:

Dealing with bids for financial support from businesses and householders who suffered flood-related losses. This covers Government-funded schemes and support from the Council’s own resources. A report to approve the package of measures and how they should be handled goes to the Council’s Cabinet for approval on Wednesday 19 March.

Organising clean-up operations – for example, at children’s play areas which were under water – and making plans to collect or dispose of the thousands of sandbags used around the district.

For the longer term the Council has already begun to identify and construct bids for Government funding of capital schemes that will improve flood defences in case of another deluge.