Revised flood plan praised by mayor
NEW measures to protect residents and businesses in Lostwithiel from the devastating effects of flooding have been outlined in a revised flood plan for the town.
Produced by the town council, the plan outlines ways in which the community can be better prepared for flooding and reduce the risk to life and damage to property during extreme weather.
Mayor of Lostwithiel Gill Parsons said the measures put in place by the revised plan will provide better protection for the town.
"I must compliment all those involved," she said. "They have done a tremendous amount of work and we really are delighted with it."
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The revised plan introduces flood co-ordinators who will communicate with emergency services during episodes of flooding.
The document emphasises the importance of being prepared for flooding and sharing information with other agencies, in particular the Environment Agency.
"Following the floods in November 2010 Lostwithiel Town Council began work on creating a Lostwithiel flood plan to help residents in a flood situation," Mrs Parsons explained.
"The original plan was put to the test following the floods that hit the town on December 22, 2012."
Earlier this year the town council set about updating the plans to ensure the community was better prepared for flooding in future.
"The team of flood wardens had been set up consisting of dedicated volunteers and town councillors to be of assistance to the town in a flood situation," Mrs Parsons said.
"In light of the experience during the 2012 floods the new plan has created a new flood co-ordinator role.
"This role is intended to provide more effective liaison with the emergency services."
Mrs Parsons said four town councillors had agreed to take on the role and will provide assistance, alongside the existing team of flood wardens, during times of flooding.
Lostwithiel resident John Pegg, who has been a flood warden in the town since the council's original flood plan was produced, said the updated version will provide better protection for residents in the town.
"In the old plan there were 12 different sectors but now there are just four which will be easier to manage," he said.
"It's an evolving working document," he added.
Mr Pegg said one of the key parts of the plan was to raise awareness and urge people to be prepared for flooding.
"We had a terrible bout of bad weather in December last year but fortunately the weather has been kind enough to not give us cause for concern this year. But we can never be complacent," he said.
Mrs Parsons said the town council hopes to make copies of the plan available shortly and anyone wishing to know more about the revised plan should contact the town clerk.