Flood 'emergency plan' must be looked at, say Three Rivers politicians

Watford Observer: Three Rivers flood 'emergency plan' must be looked at, say politicians Three Rivers flood 'emergency plan' must be looked at, say politicians

The absence of a proper “disaster plan” led to confusion as flood waters surged off the River Chess into the streets of Rickmansworth, according to councillors.

Now, politicians on Three Rivers District Council have demanded a strategy be drawn up to avert a repeat of the serious flooding around the town following a deluge earlier this month.

People in the district are still recovering from damage wrought after the River Chess burst its banks following one of the wettest Januaries on record.

Criticism that not enough was done to help residents deal with the floods has been levelled at the council.

At a Full Council meeting yesterday, politicians agreed to examine the district's "emergency plan" and look at "the lessons learnt from recent experience".

Politicians also agreed to: "Plan what can be done to reduce the impact of such weather conditions in future, including the alleviation of flooding."

Watford Observer: Park Rd

The motion, which was put forward by Liberal Democrat leader of the council, Ann Shaw, and seconded by Councillor Phil Brading, stated: "In order to achieve greater clarity about where the responsibility for action lies, and better communications between the bodies concerned, the council will undertake a review of the emergency plan including the level of service to be provided."

Rickmansworth experienced serious flooding in Park Road, Harefield Road, Stockers Farm Road and, most recently, Uxbridge Road.

Councillor David Sansom, who represents Rickmansworth, said the banks of the River Chess were not maintained, despite Councillor Paula Hiscocks raising the issue at a council meeting last year.

Councillor Sansom said that communication between the council and residents needed to be improved.

The conservative councillor said: "On February 3, a week before the floods, I emailed democratic services to ask about our disaster plan and got no reply. Residents who rang the council were all told different things."

Councillor Sansom said that, even though firefighters spent three days pumping water away from Park Road on Monday, February 11 chief executive, Steven Halls, "still thought there had been no emergency".

He added: "In the chief executive’s email on February 11, he said that he would not be supplying sandbags and that residents have had plenty of time to buy their own. Three Rivers would help vulnerable people but not people who had only suffered ground floor flooding.

"The Fire Service built a sandbag wall across Park Road so they could pump it out. How many sandbags do you think the residents should buy to prepare for the Fire Service to build a sandbag wall across their road?"

Councillor Sansom said that last year the Rickmansworth and District Residents' Association was asked by the Environment Agency to prepare a flood plan.

He added: "They (the residents association) got no co-operation from this council or the Environment Agency and therefore told the Environment Agency that they could not do it."

Councillor Shaw said that Three Rivers needs to "consider where the responsibility for action lies", which will involve talking with other authorities, such as Hertfordshire County Council.

She added: "I therefore propose that we look forwards instead of backwards and establish what can be done and work with other bodies to look at what can be done."

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7:43pm Wed 26 Feb 14

fenton1972 says...

the second picture is one of a stupid owner who decides to ignore road closed signs on green street chorleywood, its the drivers own stupid fault. im sure their insurance costs will be absorbed by the drivers that turn round at road closed signs
the second picture is one of a stupid owner who decides to ignore road closed signs on green street chorleywood, its the drivers own stupid fault. im sure their insurance costs will be absorbed by the drivers that turn round at road closed signs fenton1972
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7:14am Thu 27 Feb 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

He added: "In the chief executive’s email on February 11, he said that he would not be supplying sandbags and that residents have had plenty of time to buy their own. Three Rivers would help vulnerable people but not people who had only suffered ground floor flooding.

I would like to suggest TRDC looks both forwards and backwards.

It should make robust and resident-friendly plans for the future and also look at the attitude of the Chief Exec and his unhelpful attitude in the recent past.

If he is unwilling to help the people who pay his wages whilst they are in crisis then there is a case to answer as to whether they have hired the wrong man on a not inconsiderable salary.

Boxes ticked but job not done, as is so often the case in public life.

Remember, they work for you, you pay their wages. Councillors and council employees alike.

Also, what is that pathetic comment about not helping people who have only suffered ground floor flooding? Has anyone in the country suffered first and second floor flooding?

Does the water have to come into the first floor bedrooms before this Chief Executive will get off his backside and do anything to help the people who pay his wages?

Shocking and out of touch.

Residents deserve better.
He added: "In the chief executive’s email on February 11, he said that he would not be supplying sandbags and that residents have had plenty of time to buy their own. Three Rivers would help vulnerable people but not people who had only suffered ground floor flooding. I would like to suggest TRDC looks both forwards and backwards. It should make robust and resident-friendly plans for the future and also look at the attitude of the Chief Exec and his unhelpful attitude in the recent past. If he is unwilling to help the people who pay his wages whilst they are in crisis then there is a case to answer as to whether they have hired the wrong man on a not inconsiderable salary. Boxes ticked but job not done, as is so often the case in public life. Remember, they work for you, you pay their wages. Councillors and council employees alike. Also, what is that pathetic comment about not helping people who have only suffered ground floor flooding? Has anyone in the country suffered first and second floor flooding? Does the water have to come into the first floor bedrooms before this Chief Executive will get off his backside and do anything to help the people who pay his wages? Shocking and out of touch. Residents deserve better. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
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10:23am Thu 27 Feb 14

John Dowdle says...

Is anything similar planned for Watford?
It is definitely needed.
Is anything similar planned for Watford? It is definitely needed. John Dowdle
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1:13pm Thu 27 Feb 14

cgpc Rob says...

Worse of all, a simple road closure sign at the roundabout at the top of Scots Hill stating
ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING LOCAL ACCESS ONLY
would have stopped hundreds of vehicles attempting to leave Croxley Green at one point a fire appliance went down the hill all sirens blazing only to return two minutes later, as fire/ambulances have response times, why was it ever allowed down the hill

As for chief execs and council officers, when will politicians allow residents the ability to vote on them, as stated we pay their wages.

We can vote cllrs out every four years and if ten residents attend a parish APM they can request a poll to allow all of the other residents a referendum to abolish/retain the parish council

80% of Byfleet residents did exactly that a few years ago and Woking Council complied with their request
Shouldn't we all have the abikity bi annually to have a vote on them!
Worse of all, a simple road closure sign at the roundabout at the top of Scots Hill stating ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING LOCAL ACCESS ONLY would have stopped hundreds of vehicles attempting to leave Croxley Green at one point a fire appliance went down the hill all sirens blazing only to return two minutes later, as fire/ambulances have response times, why was it ever allowed down the hill As for chief execs and council officers, when will politicians allow residents the ability to vote on them, as stated we pay their wages. We can vote cllrs out every four years and if ten residents attend a parish APM they can request a poll to allow all of the other residents a referendum to abolish/retain the parish council 80% of Byfleet residents did exactly that a few years ago and Woking Council complied with their request Shouldn't we all have the abikity bi annually to have a vote on them! cgpc Rob
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2:48pm Thu 27 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
He added: "In the chief executive’s email on February 11, he said that he would not be supplying sandbags and that residents have had plenty of time to buy their own. Three Rivers would help vulnerable people but not people who had only suffered ground floor flooding.

I would like to suggest TRDC looks both forwards and backwards.

It should make robust and resident-friendly plans for the future and also look at the attitude of the Chief Exec and his unhelpful attitude in the recent past.

If he is unwilling to help the people who pay his wages whilst they are in crisis then there is a case to answer as to whether they have hired the wrong man on a not inconsiderable salary.

Boxes ticked but job not done, as is so often the case in public life.

Remember, they work for you, you pay their wages. Councillors and council employees alike.

Also, what is that pathetic comment about not helping people who have only suffered ground floor flooding? Has anyone in the country suffered first and second floor flooding?

Does the water have to come into the first floor bedrooms before this Chief Executive will get off his backside and do anything to help the people who pay his wages?

Shocking and out of touch.

Residents deserve better.
Think it is funny that people who live in *Three Rivers* are shocked by floods.

Probably because the Daily Mail and UKIP had told them all they had to fear was Romanians.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: He added: "In the chief executive’s email on February 11, he said that he would not be supplying sandbags and that residents have had plenty of time to buy their own. Three Rivers would help vulnerable people but not people who had only suffered ground floor flooding. I would like to suggest TRDC looks both forwards and backwards. It should make robust and resident-friendly plans for the future and also look at the attitude of the Chief Exec and his unhelpful attitude in the recent past. If he is unwilling to help the people who pay his wages whilst they are in crisis then there is a case to answer as to whether they have hired the wrong man on a not inconsiderable salary. Boxes ticked but job not done, as is so often the case in public life. Remember, they work for you, you pay their wages. Councillors and council employees alike. Also, what is that pathetic comment about not helping people who have only suffered ground floor flooding? Has anyone in the country suffered first and second floor flooding? Does the water have to come into the first floor bedrooms before this Chief Executive will get off his backside and do anything to help the people who pay his wages? Shocking and out of touch. Residents deserve better.[/p][/quote]Think it is funny that people who live in *Three Rivers* are shocked by floods. Probably because the Daily Mail and UKIP had told them all they had to fear was Romanians. CaptainPC
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