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GOVERNMENT FLOOD REVIEW JUST WAFFLE FOR SALFORD
 

Star date: 9th September 2016

`145 PAGES OF WAFFLE' SAYS SALFORD RIVERS TRUST LEADER

Yesterday the Government finally published its National Flood Resilience Review which was heralded as a `new approach so the nation is better prepared and more resilient to flooding'. But Mike Duddy of the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust has denounced it as "145 pages of waffle...a load of gumf..."

Salford isn't mentioned once in the Review but the other much delayed Greater Manchester report which does include the Salford Flood is due out next week.

Full details here...


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National Flood Resilience Review
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The Government's delayed National Flood Resilience Review was finally published yesterday, promising a `new approach so the nation is better prepared and more resilient to flooding'...

"Last winter we saw just how devastating flooding can be" said Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom "This review sets out clear actions so we are better prepared to respond quickly in the event of future flooding and can strengthen the nation's flood defences."

The 145 page report promises £12.5million for new temporary defences, such as barriers and high volume pumps, at seven locations around the country... a commitment from utility companies to increase flood protection of things like phone networks and water treatment works...and new ways to assess flood risk.

The Review doesn't mention Salford at all, and Mike Duddy of the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust, has denounced it as "145 pages of waffle...a load of gumf...

"It doesn't say anything or do anything except state that `Yes flooding is a problem and we need to continue to spend money on it'; that is it" he explains "Salford has got two working flood basins but local people have now identified where the weak point is and no-one seems to be doing anything about it. All those houses flooded in the Health Avenue area and this winter, potentially, the same could happen again.

"I have spoken to Salford Council who said they'd been told by the Environment Agency that if there were the likelihood of a flood again in Lower Broughton, it would be possible to erect a temporary flood barrier on top of the existing defence banking" he adds "But for me it would be a much better use of public money, and more peace of mind for local people, if they just raised the flood barrier by three feet which will allow the parks to flood rather than houses. We all know that. It seems to be an easy fix."

Indeed the Government report notes that "Temporary barriers do not provide the same level of protection as permanent defences and typically have failure rates of 20-30%, although these rates of failure can be reduced by good advanced planning...All leak to a certain extent and therefore need to be accompanied by pumps."

One barrier to Lower Broughton flood barriers could be the cost. The Review states that for purchasing, storing and transporting rigid frame barriers for one typical site the estimated cost is £240,000; for sandbags, with protection `considerably lower', it's £60,000, and for `temporary defence' it's between £10,000 and £30,000 per site.

In terms of stopping the flooding in the first place, the Review says nothing, although to be fair, it was about `resilience'. Meanwhile, the other much delayed Greater Manchester flood report is out next week – and residents will be hoping it says more than the National Flood Review which Mike Duddy dismisses as "Whitehall saying nothing"...



• In other non-news, residents are still waiting to see what will happen to the money that was raised for them in various benefits after the Lower Broughton flood. The Salford Star has asked Salford CVS for an update but so far no-one has responded – see previous article click here

A Thought wrote
at 12:24:20 on 16 September 2016
We don't need a 140+ page report to realise errors in the system...I sometimes wonder if the officers in Development talk to their opposite numbers at Environmental Services. We have natural waterways and two canal systems running through our city. Its also in a Valley, meaning any water at the top of the hillsides gather in the area. On occasion the waterways naturally flood. If left alone, the ground would absorb the water and make its way, naturally towards the river system. However, monetary decisions have seen some of the plains these rivers fall on being covered by bricks, mortar and sometimes tarmac...one heavy shower on the now covered flood plain - with their lovely waterside property and those down the hill are crying foul because the rainwater has nowhere else to go but their streets...
 
Alan wrote
at 16:57:41 on 10 September 2016
I, as a resident of Lower Broughton, will be really interested to see what Tahir Chakotai (adr13263@hotmail.com) means in his post, as many of us are living a life of recovery since Boxing Day and then have to worry that it may be about to happen again. I personally think it's a long-term plan by the people who run us. For example, about 10 years ago the residents on Riverside and Spike Island feared the estate would be demolished. They were in uproar and attended meetings etc. Over the road to us disappeared over the last decade, replaced by new houses, on higher ground, and, because of this, we took their share of water on Boxing Day. We on Riverside/Spike Island are the flood basin. Told back then, circa 2005, by a very senior person after all the protest meetings, that Riversdei and Spike Island were safe for at least another 15 years, I am now concerned. That time is entering its final lap, and. Shock of all shocks we’ve been flooded and almost been so again, and in summer! Is this the next stage of a strategy they are working along? Ten years ago we had men on the estate doing surveys with theodolites machines. I spoke with them, and they said it was being done for a reason, meaning there were plans afoot for the homes on Riverside. The authorities have positioned many residents in a flux of worry, anxiety, as whether any rainfall will see the floods return. Many of my neighbours say they'll be off, if it floods again, which is literally music to developers' ears. Press and distress them out, is their plan. Money must be made. They want the land. It is worth a lot of dosh to developers, worth more to Salix Homes than the rents being collected. Salix will eventually have to call time (rubbing their hands) and report they are no longer able to insure the properties and that many houses’ foundations have been damaged and are therefore no longer safe to live in. For one, I know from 40 years’ experience of living in it, that my home has moved by the floodwater. The floor has sunk in parts (remember, there used to be houses with cellars before us). The fast reaction by Salford Council after last Christmas to bail out the flooded residents with financial help doused residents’ anger back then. But I'm hoping, if it occurs again, the thing will really hit the fan. We have got to wake up. Having just suffered flooding, homes still stinking the whiff of the Irwell, Salford Council showed their class to its poorest residents, inferring on compensation claims of each, they'd carry out random checks (questioning residents' honesty, which was really low). We were told to keep receipts of every item bought and claimed for, wiped out by the flood, as they’d be carrying out random checks in the future! And yet we’ve waited 10 months and counting, to be told why we were flooded. Typical!
 
Muldoon wrote
at 09:02:40 on 10 September 2016
Well, well, common sence tells me this not a crap report stating the obvious ! Social areas not being mentioned that's right ! The person who did the report prob did it in there hols ? Should try listening and asking the people concerned where to go next as it seems we've been left with our flood problem. Fuming united utilises should be foot a bill as the grids over flood first £60 a month I pay them to do jack shit pay council tax for them to do jack shit ! This broughton flood has been a shock to us all but still NOTHING has been done as of yet ! They need to start work on the river banking and higher it more than the park itself ? That's what should be happening not to be left for it to happen again. Funny how this should be a 50-70 year accurance when we had a further flood warning on 22 august this year ! Not good enough salford council, EA, Manchester council and UU need to step up, not like there doing it for nothing !!!
 
Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 08:01:01 on 10 September 2016
I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but the banks of the River Irwell seem to have eroded quite dramatically on the Lower Broughton side, within the last 16 months. In my opinion, I have never seen such erosion take place, within such a short space of time. What I would like to say is that there was a document printed within 2013, by the Salford Council, (Salford Council Property Transfer Assessment), which clearly outlined that "The Lower Broughton Area" was at "High Risk" of flooding, and as a result, would be redeveloping certain parts of Lower Broughton. In conclusion, and in my opinion, I do not believe in coincidences, and feel that members of the public, who reside within the Lower Broughton area, should be monitoring the banks of the River Irwell to see what is causing the sudden erosion. In my opinion, I think the residents of Lower Broughton will be surprised at the results.
 
Debbie wrote
at 15:03:31 on 09 September 2016
Told you it would be a load of bollox not even worth a mention! And the Manchester one will be the same recycled crap!
 
wrote
at 15:03:27 on 09 September 2016
What a review... 140+ pages telling us of what we already knew. You got Osborne and Cameron donning their wellies for that photo-op in the Tory-voting communities, Salford received little national coverage. I read somewhere that the savings from Tory cuts to the flood department were wiped out many times over by last winter's flooding and it cost them much more in repairs etc. It cost the taxpayer several times over what it actually saved!
 
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