Sue Mountstevens opens the Somerset flood response meeting
Around 200 people descended on the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton on Monday (November 3rd) to hear about agencies’ plans to respond to flooding should it happen in Somerset this winter.
PCC Sue Mountstevens requested the meeting after visiting the Somerset Levels flooding earlier this year and hearing about the impact it had on the local communities. The meeting was agreed and hosted jointly by Sue and Councillor John Osman, leader of Somerset County Council.
At the meeting there was a welcome from Sue and John followed by presentations by the Environment Agency, Somerset County Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Avon and Somerset Police. Afterwards there was an opportunity to speak to representatives from these and other agencies present – including district councils and about their plans.
Speaking after the event, Sue said: “It was important that we had this meeting so that residents could find out more about agencies’ flood response and be reassured that lessons had been learnt. From speaking to them afterwards I know that the audience found it useful and in turn the organisations present received valuable feedback on their plans. In particular, I know some volunteers want to further explore how they can help in the event of flooding and I’ll be arranging a meeting with them and Avon and Somerset Police to discuss this further.
“Whilst plans have undoubtedly been improved there is no room for complacency and I hope the plans will be kept under review. However the meeting was a step forward and I thank both the organisations and public who attended for a constructive and positive meeting.”
You can view a copy of the meeting below, or watch it on our YouTube page. The presentation given in the meeting can be viewed here.
Posted on Wednesday 5th November 2014