Flood threat to town highlighted by report

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THETFORD has been pinpointed as a hot spot for flooding in a new report.

Figures given to Norfolk County Council this week reveal that the county is the 10th at most risk of flooding nationally.

The report shows that more than 100,000 properties in Norfolk are at risk from three types of flooding, with Thetford one of the areas at threat.

Produced by the Department of Environment, Transport and Development (Defra) the report will be presented to the county council’s cabinet scrutiny committee on Tuesday.

Cllr Paul Morse, committee chairman, said the issue was ‘key’ for the county council.

“Flooding is obviously a very important issue for Norfolk and represents a significant risk for thousands of homeowners and businesses.

“This report brings the committee right up to date with the current situation and gives members the chance to examine where the authority is in terms of flood risk management and planning,” he said.

Thetford finds itself alongside King’s Lynn, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Dereham, North Walsham, Sheringham and Cromer as being at risk.

The report also highlights the work done by the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) in Norfolk since Sir Michael Pitt’s review of 2007. That work included the introduction of the Norfolk Water Management Partnership.

A breakdown of the figures show that 37,991 properties in the county are at risk from surface water flooding, 15,965 from fluvial flooding and 46,121 from tidal flooding.