Following one of the wettest springs and summers on record, Hampshire County Council is urging residents to help ensure that plans to prepare the county against future flooding are up to date and accurate.

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, the County Council has a new role as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), which means managing the flood risk related to groundwater, surface water and ordinary watercourse flooding. The Environment Agency remains responsible for coastal and main river flooding.

As part of our new role we have to develop a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy – and that’s why we’re asking you to help us by letting us know about any flooding ‘hotspots’ in your local area, or if our information about previous flooding is correct.

From the end of September we’ll be holding a six week online consultation on the draft strategy. The information from this will help us assess current and future flood risk so we can plan and prepare for the future. The consultation pages include maps showing different types of flooding, flood risk and consequence across Hampshire.

We need your help to check if information shown on the maps is accurate and if there are any significant errors, including flooding incidents you’re aware of that haven’t been included, or flooding / flood risk shown where there hasn’t been any.

A series of sessions are being held to provide more information on the Strategy. Anyone who would like to find out more, ask questions, talk through concerns or share experiences of flooding can come along and County Council staff will be on hand to help. All the events will be the same and people will be welcome to drop in at any time.

Monday 1 Oct  
The Ringwood Gateway, The Furlong, Ringwood, BH24 1AT.    5pm until 8pm  
Thursday 4 October  
Emsworth Community Centre (Lumley Room), Church Path, Emsworth, PO10 7DP. 5pm until 8pm  
Saturday 6 October 
Discovery Centre (Performance Hall), Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB.  10am until 2pm
Monday 8 October
The Harlington (Function Room), 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, GU51 4BY. 5pm until 8pm 

For more information or if you’d like to get involved in the consultation, please visit:

The consultation will close at noon on Monday 5 November

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