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Drop-in meeting for those hit by autumn flooding

By Thomas Parkes | Staffordshire | News | Published:

A public session to help learn lessons from flooding that left parts of the region counting the cost is being held.

Stafford was flooded last October.

Stafford town centre – along with other areas of the county – were left flooded in October.

Low-lying areas, such as roads near Shugborough Estate, were also cut off by the heavy rainfall with businesses and residents left with costly bills and insurance claims.

Now a drop-in session has been announced.

The event will be held in the Rudyard Room, Staffordshire Place, on February 4, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

Visitors will be offered advice on how to to be ready for downpours in future.

Representatives from the Environment Agency, Staffordshire County Council and the National Flood Forum will aim to support people at the event.

Liz Fowler, engagement advisor with the Environment Agency, said: “We’re keen to hear from people about the impact flooding has had on them and to learn from their local knowledge.

“If they would like to bring along photos taken of flooding in the area that could be really useful.” The St Thomas Bridge in Stafford had to be shut in October’s floods with police officers calling it “completely impassable”.

Drivers also faced misery after Gailey Island, which links the A449 Stafford Road and the A5, was covered with water – forcing drivers to trudge through it.

For people unable to attend the drop-in session, but who would like information or a chance to comment, email floodresilience@environment-agency.gov.uk

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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