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Flood Warnings (Somerset)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to improve floodplain zoning and flood warning systems in Somerset. [17071]

The Environment Agency is responsible for carrying out surveys in relation to its flood defence function and for arranging for flood warnings to be issued. It has recently undertaken a survey of all main-river floodplain in Somerset, under the provisions of Section 105(2) of the Water Resources Act 1991. In its latest Corporate Plan, the Agency has set out targets for its flood warning arrangements which will involve the development of new telemetry, forecasting and warning dissemination systems.