Thursday, 11 February 2016

Emergency talks on floods

FLASH floods have sparked an emergency public meeting.

By Will Metcalfe

Heavy rains earlier this month damaged around 14 homes in the Newton Road area of Dalton and left residents astounded as raw sewage flowed through the street.

A failed pumping station mean drains were unable to cope with a heavy downpour and prompted a six-hour clean up operation.

Councillor Barry Doughty, mayor of Dalton, has organised a public meeting in a bid to see what lessons can be learnt and to try to prevent similar problems happening in future.

He said: “The meeting is to bring residents together who were flooded in Dalton.

“I went round with the deputy mayor to see if people had individual needs and it soon became quite clear there were issues with utilities.

“It’s a chance for residents to say what they want to say and for us to see what can be done.”

After the downpour, free sandbags were donated by Homebase and B&Q in Barrow, while insurance companies moved some residents into nearby hotels while their homes were cleaned.

Cllr Doughty added: “As councillors and service providers, this meeting is a chance to find out how to provide better services.

“What we want it to be is a chance to communicate clearly and do something about the problems.” Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock is also due to attend, along with representatives from United Utilities, Cumbria County Council and the Red Cross.

Mr Woodcock said: “It is important that people who were victims of the downpour are not made to feel they have to pick up the pieces by themselves. Questions about why the drains did not adequately cope will need to be addressed and people will want to know what can be done to better safeguard their homes against similar events in the future.”

The meeting takes place in the Drill Hall in Nelson Street, Dalton, on Wednesday from 3pm.


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