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Group takes action to tackle flooding in Rainham

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Rainham in August 2020 (credit: Ian Richardson)

The MP for Rainham has held a second meeting to discuss ways of reducing the risk of flooding in the area. 

Jon Cruddas and representatives from Havering Council, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and Network Rail all gathered to try and tackle the problem.

Since the groups last meeting in March, Thames Water and the council have started proactively clearing road gullies and drains ahead of severe weather warnings in higher risk area. 

Thames Water has also installed depth meters in the drainage system to raise alerts when water levels are rising.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is piloting a new approach to managing water levels in Rainham Marshes to take the pressure off water courses through Rainham. 

A report on the flood in August 2020 is also due to be published by Havering Council.

Several properties were flooded during a weekend of heavy rainfall and Mr Cruddas said some families have only just moved back to their homes in the last four weeks. 

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

The Dagenham and Rainham representative said he is “pleased” that progress has been made but wants to see a “detailed action plan” created and implemented. 

“Some of the necessary actions will be good straightforward maintenance of road gullies, drainage systems and keeping culverts and watercourses clear and free running,” said Mr Cruddas.

“There will also be a range of more medium and long terms measures to better look after our local environment and water management during periods of very heavy rainfall.

“I am committed to making sure that these actions are delivered to prevent the awful disruption and distress that so many families suffered in the last twelve months.”

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