Council reviews Peterborough’s flood risk

98 floods 98  iain sinclair and james steels at riverside gardens
98 floods 98 iain sinclair and james steels at riverside gardens

THERE is little risk of future flooding in Peterborough on the scale of 1998 floods, according to a new risk assessment.

A new draft Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) revealed that there is no flood risk of “national significance” in Peterborough.

Peterborough City Council’s director of operations Paul Philipson told councillors discussing the report at the Sustainable Growth Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday there was little risk of floods of such a major scale happening again.

He said: “It has been asked about the lessons learned from the flood of 1998. I know that the Environment Agency has done a significant amount of mitigation to prevent that happening again to people.”

The assessment was carried out by the council, Environment Agency and Anglia Water and comes as the council is due to take on more responsibilities to prevent flooding and maintain drainage systems from April next year.

The city’s new role as a Lead Local Flood Authority means it has to submit a PFRA to the Environment Agency by June 22 including maps outlining broad areas of potential risk of flooding.

Chairman of the committee, councillor Colin Burton asked for several amendments to be made to the draft before it is submitted for approval to the council’s cabinet on Monday, June 13.

The committee said it was concerned with the potential costs to the council when it has to approve, adopt and maintain drainage systems under the new Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) legislation.

Cllr Burton called for projected costs that the council could be subjected when the new legislation comes in to force next April to be included in the assessment when it is brought before cabinet next week.

After the broad plans are drawn up, local areas at risk of flooding in Peterborough will be investigated to create a more detailed, local strategy.

The committee heard that Peterborough residents will be asked for their help to build up a picture of flooding in the city by highlighting areas which have suffered floods in the recent past.

Anybody interested in contributing should email watermanagement@peterborough.gov.uk

Flood of 1998

APRIL 13, 1998 proved unlucky when a month’s rain fell in just 24 hours as the River Nene burst its banks.

Elton, Bishops Road, Parnwell Road, Thorpe Road, Furze Road and Carr Road in Peterborough and a caravan park in Eye were under three foot of water.

Seventy homes in Riverside Gardens, Thorpe Meadows and Gleneagles Road were evacuated as temperatures plummeted and officers had to abandon Bridge Street police station.