Floods: Stafford

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood prevention measures have been undertaken in Stafford constituency in the last three years; and how many staff of (a) her Department and (b) the Environment Agency were employed on those measures.

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

Defra staff work on flood prevention at a strategic level across England rather than being allocated to specific locations such as Stafford.

The Environment Agency carries out various tasks to reduce flood risk from main rivers through Stafford. It has a field team of four people based at Uttoxeter, who carry out all routine maintenance and provide an incident response capability for Staffordshire, which includes Stafford.

In the past three years (2011 onwards) the Environment Agency has carried out the following works:

Location

Work

Sandyford Brook

Yearly routine maintenance programme which includes clearing and maintaining flood risk management structures along the watercourse.

River Sow

1. Routine inspection of the flood risk management structures and removal of objects such as trees that pose a flood risk.

2. Old timber capping boards replaced.

Rising Brook and Kingston Brook

Routine inspection of the flood risk management structures and removal of objects such as trees that pose a flood risk.

Stafford flood scheme

Yearly routine maintenance programme which includes clearing and maintaining flood management assets along the watercourse.

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