Press release

Residents and businesses invited to Leekbrook flood drop-in event

Information on the Environment Agency's options for improving flood defences in the Leekbrook area is available at an upcoming drop-in event.

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The Environment Agency is inviting local residents and businesses to discuss plans to help reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

The drop-in will be held on Wednesday 12 October, 4pm to 7pm at:

Travellers Rest Public House
Cheadle Road
Leek
ST13 7DR

The Leekbrook area is at risk of flooding from the River Churnet and Leek Brook which responds very quickly to heavy or excessive rainfall, often without warning. The Environment Agency is in the process of looking at options for improving the existing flood defences and wants to talk to the community about how this could help reduce the risk of flooding for properties in the area, and hear their views.

Independent charity, the National Flood Forum, will also be on hand to offer advice and support to residents in Leekbrook about any flooding questions or concerns they may have. The charity is dedicated to supporting people who are at risk of flooding and works in partnership with communities to address their flooding concerns.

Will Groves, Environment Agency Flood Risk Adviser, said:

We know this area can flood quickly, leaving little time for the community to respond. This drop-in is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to find out about our scheme and the steps they can take to be better prepared.

Emily Hutchinson, Community Flood Support Officer at the National Flood Forum said:

We understand the difficulties and frustrations associated with living at flood risk, that’s why we’re committed to helping communities address their local flooding issues, listening to people’s concerns and giving practical advice about reducing flood risk.

We believe the best approach is to work together as a community and we would encourage residents in Leekbrook to come along to this event and explore the opportunities for getting involved and ensuring their voices are heard.

Published 7 October 2016