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Winter is coming: how to reduce the risk of flooding


Gloucestershire County Council is asking residents who own properties with watercourses to make sure they are in good condition.

As the last of the autumn leaves fall and winter approaches, the council is urging all riparian owners to maintain their watercourses and prevent the risk of flooding. If you have a watercourse on or next to your land it is likely to be your legal responsibility to maintain it, making you a (riparian) owner of land along a river.

As trees and vegetation tend to thin during the autumn months, it is the ideal time of year to make sure your section of the watercourse is clear from any debris or vegetation growth.

Growth of woody vegetation, such as brambles, as well as branches falling off trees and bushes can cause blockages in watercourses and increase the risk of flooding.

It is important to take appropriate precautions when working in and around watercourses and keep yourself safe. More information on this can be found on the council’s website.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said, “With winter on the way we’re asking riparian owners to act now and check that their watercourses are flowing freely. This will reduce the risk of their home, and their neighbour’s homes, being flooded this winter.”

On Friday 8th December, Gloucestershire County Council will be holding a live Twitter Q&A session on flood prevention. Experts from our Flood Risk Management team will be attending alongside Cllr Vernon Smith to answer any questions the public have about protecting their homes from the risk of flooding.

For more information on watercourse maintenance or to report a poorly maintained watercourse, please contact the Flood Risk Management Team on or 01452 427472.

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