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Floods: Bassetlaw

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what hydrological assessments have been made of the state of water courses and consequential flood risk in rural Bassetlaw since 1978. (225323)

I have been asked to reply.

From 1996 the Environment Agency can confirm the following work has been undertaken:

Idle & Torne Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (CAMS) which was published in March 2007.

Hydrological investigations have been carried out for Anglian Water (by Grontmij) on the River Poulter and River Idle.

Groundwater abstractions operated by Yorkshire Water in the area of the River Idle have been reviewed to ascertain whether they were having an impact on the wellbeing of the River Idle Washlands.

In December 2006 the Environment Agency produced the River Idle Washlands SSSI Water Level Management Plan (WLMP).

The Environment Agency are currently working on the building of a regional groundwater model for the East Midlands Yorkshire Sherwood Sandstone Model. This is due to be completed by the end of this financial year.

Following the flooding of June 2007 the Environment Agency commissioned consultants to produce reports about the events that occurred in Worksop and Retford.

The Environment Agency has carried out the following mapping studies, which include hydrological analyses, within the Bassetlaw constituency:

River Idle Flood Risk Mapping, March 2005

River Maun, Strategic Flood Risk Mapping, March 2007

River Meden, Strategic Flood Risk Mapping, June 2008

River Ryton, Strategic Flood Risk Mapping, March 2008

Tidal Trent Strategy, April 2005

Laneham Beck Strategic Flood Risk Mapping, 2007.

Information on studies carried out pre-1996 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.