Flooding has a devastating effect on people, property, business, infrastructure and agriculture and can have an impact in terms of insurance. Although there is no statutory duty for the Board to prevent flooding, its systems by their very nature protect people, property and infrastructure on a daily basis. In recent years the Board has undertaken flood protection schemes in villages such as Belton, Low Burnham, Haxey and Owston Ferry in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council which have subsequently increased the level of protection offered to residents, their properties and businesses.
The Board aims to provide a level of protection against a 1 in 75 year rainfall event for urban areas and a 1 in 10 year rainfall event for agricultural land. That said, we cannot afford to stand still and we undertake periodic studies of our catchments to keep abreast of the effect that climate change, rising sea levels and development or change of land use might have on our systems. Should a review show a need for increased capacity within a system, then provision is made for the necessary work to be undertaken within the works programme.
A Duty Officer is on call 24/7 to offer an urgent response to major problems. During a heavy rainfall event, the Consortium's control room at Manby is also manned 24 hours a day, and a round the clock shift system is put into operation locally for control and for operational response.
On completion the new telemetry system will provide immediate access to monitor information from and allow remote control of all pumping stations across the Board's district. This will enable timely identification of issues and allow us to deploy staff quickly to the relevant area. Pre-emptive measures may also be taken in advance of any forecast heavy rainfall such as lowering water levels so there is more capacity to store the water in the Board's systems.
Link to met office weather forecasting: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_weather.html
Link to EA flood warnings / flood line number: 0845 988 1188 or http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx