Flood prevention advice in Upwell

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Residents in Upwell will be able to speak with experts on flooding during a drop-in session tomorrow.

A total of 42 properties in West Norfolk were affected by flooding between May and November last year.

Norfolk County Council has published a flood investigation report into this and has organised a drop-in session in Upwell Village Hall from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Representatives from Anglian Water, West Norfolk Council, the Internal Drainage Boards and Highways staff will be on hand to talk to residents on the flooding issue.

The report has highlighted that areas flooded due to the rainfall being concentrated into overland flows and in low points where properties were positioned. Some of this flooding was exacerbated due to a number of factors, including the loss of historic drainage features such as ditches and ponds.

It also highlights that where risk cannot be sufficiently reduced then there is a need for property owners to install measures such as flood doors and air brick covers.

Toby Coke, chairman of the county council’s environmentc committee, said: “The community drop-in events are a good forum for residents to discuss specific issues with the relevant organisations.”