Village to form flooding action group

COMMUNITY leaders and residents in Portbury will set-up an action group to analyse the issue of flooding after the village fell victim to torrential rain.

Last week the Times reported on floods which led to numerous residents having to bail water away from their homes using buckets and brooms.

The High Street became a lake and nearby roads were turned into fast flowing rivers following downpours during the afternoon and evening of August 4.

At a meeting of Portbury Parish Council on August 8, it was decided an action group would be formed to look into the causes of the flooding and how the problem can be tackled in the future.

Meanwhile, requests have been made to North Somerset Council for the drains in the village to cleared and inspected to ensure they are able to handle high levels of rain water.

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Parish council chairman Pete Cooke said: “North Somerset Council have said they will clear the drains as soon as they can.

“I have no idea how we can prevent this happening again.

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“If this is going to happen every three or four years at the moment we’re not sure what we are going to do.”

A public meeting is due to be organised for next month to allow residents to discuss the issue and form an action group.

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