Reservoirs: Maps

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in providing local resilience forums with inundation maps for both large and small reservoirs for the purpose of (a) assessing risks, (b) contingency planning, (c) warning and evacuation and (d) making outline maps available to the public online since 2008.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Detailed inundation maps were made available to Local Resilience Forums in December 2009 on the Civil Contingencies Secretariat's National Resilience Extranet, for them to use for contingency planning. Outline inundation maps became publicly available on the Environment Agency's website in December 2010.

The Reservoirs Act 1975 only applies to reservoirs that hold at least 25,000 cubic metres of water above ground level. Smaller reservoirs do not need to be registered under the Act and flood maps have not been prepared for those below the statutory threshold.

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