Truss holds Downham Market floods meeting

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South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is to hold a flood summit tomorrow (Friday, January 15) in Downham.

The meeting is a follow up to one held in October 2014 when the Environment Agency (EA) announced their six-year capital spend programme and the collaborative work with internal drainage boards (IDB) and other partners.

Norfolk County Council will also present an update on the feasibility study into raising sections of the Welney Causeway to reduce the days lost to flooding.

The meeting will be attended by councillors, IDBs from across the region, North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham and North East Cambs MP Stephen Barclay.

Ms Truss previously held a meeting with the EA and the IDBs in May 2014 when she urged all parties to look at how improved collaboration could be successfully achieved.

She said: “I am interested in the feasibility study that has been conducted by Norfolk County Council in relation to the Welney causeway.

“The recent heavy rain fall caused the road to flood at the weekend resulting in closure. This creates substantial issues for residents and can be very costly in terms of money spent due to the additional mileage and time lost because of the diversions.

“In previous years the road has been closed for many weeks at a time as a result of flooding and I know local residents are extremely keen to see any closures on the causeway kept to a minimum.”