Posted by: sgu05ysw | December 9, 2007

Water Company Failed to Take Action on Flood Warnings

An independent review group commissioned by Hull city council has said the effects of the floods in June were made worse because the water company serving the city failed to act on several warnings. 

The report suggests that some of the 9,000 homes and businesses affected in Hull would not have been flooded if Yorkshire Water had taken onboard some of the recommendations from reports spanning 11 years. The report recommended that the Bransholme pumping station should be modernised and also said that the city council, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water had all failed to work together. 

Over 250mm rain fell in June and Yorkshire Water claims that no drainage system could have coped with such a large amount of rain.  

Vidal J, (2007), Water Company Failed to Take Action on Flood Warnings, report alleges, [www] http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/nov/22/flooding.utilities?gusrc=rss&feed=environment (9th December 2007)

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