Pledge to flood hit communities

Residents and businesses devastated by February's severe flooding have been told they 'have not been forgotten' by the Leader of Malvern Hills District Council.

Cllr Sarah Rouse has promised helping residents and businesses recover and build future resilience to events like Storm Dennis remains one of the council's top priorities, despite the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Some 200 properties and more than 100 businesses across the district were flooded following heavy rainfall on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16. The majority were in the Tenbury Wells area.

Following the event Malvern Hills District Council pledged a £100,000 fund to support flood-related recovery projects and Cllr Rouse has renewed that commitment.

Cllr Rouse has also met with Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, to discuss securing flood defence funding for the Tenbury area.

The council is also supporting virtual roadshows being held by the National Flood Forum, offering help, advice and support sessions to those affected by flooding.

In Malvern Hills District sessions will be held on the following dates:

Tenbury and Teme Valley Friday 29 May

River Severn and Powick Friday 19 June
River Severn and Powick Monday 22 June

Tenbury and Teme Valley Friday 26 June

Anyone wanting to attend one of the virtual sessions needs to book a slot by calling the National Flood Forum on 01299 403101. Once interest has been registered, joining details for the online sessions will be provided.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "While the response to the Covid-19 outbreak has been our immediate focus in recent months, we want all those affected by flooding to know we have not forgotten you.

"As we begin to plan our recovery from the initial phase of the Covid-19 outbreak, supporting flood hit communities, improving flood defences and flood resilience will be at the top of our to do list.

"I held very positive talks with our area's MP and both of us are committed to making sure we do whatever we can to improve flood defences in our district, particularly in the Tenbury area.

"Delivering on our ambition to lead the district to become carbon neutral will also be important as we adapt to the impact of climate change."

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