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The floods of Folkestone - twenty years on

The floods that swept through the centre of Folkestone twenty years ago, left devastation in their wake. Since then the Environment Agency has put in place a number of flood prevention measures to protect properties. A series of events is taking place this weekend to inform people living near streams and rivers of what action they can take when water levels rise. Tom Savvides has been speaking to shopkeeper Mary Constantine and Ian Nunn from the Environment Agency.

Flood clear up in Hampshire thought to cost £68 million

Basingstoke was one of Hampshire's worst hit areas Credit: ITV News

Hampshire County Council will today receive a report into the recent flooding.

It lists Basingstoke as one of the county's worst hit areas for the high levels of groundwater mixing with sewage which seeped into people's homes.

Some people still haven't been able to return.

The cost of dealing with the floods is estimated at £68 million.

Flood victims in Dorset warned to make sure they employ reputable traders for repair work

During the winter storms 368 properties were flooded across the county and residents will need to repair the damage the weather caused.

Money is available through a number of Government flood support schemes, and choosing a trustworthy company will make sure that the work is done to a good standard.

Dorset County Council’s trading standards team check and approve businesses through the Buy with Confidence scheme. The councils’ trading standards officers suggest that residents should obtain more than one quote, and preferably three, to make sure that a fair price is agreed upon.

Cllr Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for community services, said,

We hope that most tradesmen will be honest and not exploit the situation, but there is always a risk that some might see this as an opportunity.

These traders can be very persuasive. My advice is always check references or use a company that has a good reputation.”

– Dorset County Council

Repair and Renew flood scheme launched in Oxfordshire

The Grant scheme offers up to £5,000 for householders and businesses to install property protection measures that will reduce or minimise the risk of future flooding. It does not provide funding for general repairs and insurance excesses

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said,

We welcome the support from government and we will be doing all we can to alert those affected about this grant scheme and encouraging them to apply.”

– West Oxfordshire District Council


Peacehaven residents 'disgusted' with state of roads

Video. People living in an East Sussex town are disgusted with the state of their roads. Potholes have opened up everywhere and they claim the council are not doing enough to fix them.

Now a campaign has been launched to ensure Peacehaven gets some of the £140 million of government money to fix them.

Charlotte Wilkins spoke to Nancy Platts, Parliamentary Candidate for Peacehaven, Councillor David Brazier from Kent County Council and Roger Williams, who's Head of Highways at East Sussex County Council.

Funds for potholes 'just a fraction' of the money needed

Motoring groups say emergency funding released by the government to tackle the south's pothole crisis is just a fraction of the money needed.

A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England.

But there are claims that the sum needed to repair our flood-damaged roads is £10 billion.

If that is right, the vast majority of the region's potholes are unlikely to be repaired for at least a year.

Potholes have appeared on our roads in the south, mainly due to the recent floods Credit: ITV Meridian

Some homeowners "not covered" during winter floods

Insurance companies will be put on the spot later as they explain their response to the recent floods.

Some were criticised for "preposterous" behaviour when some homeowners were told they were not covered if flooding was caused by rising ground water.

Hundreds of properties across the south were affected during the winter storms.

Today, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hear evidence from the Association of British Insurers.

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