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Floods: Stafford

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 210220, tabled on 13 October 2014

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.

Answered on

20 October 2014

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.