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Meet the Expert – Flood Risk Prevention

On Friday 8th December David Parish, Strategic Flood Risk Management Officer will be answering your questions about flood prevention live on Twitter.

We asked David to answer a few of our own questions first.

What is your job and what did you do before you worked at Gloucestershire County Council?

I have worked in local government since 1974, this has included working in several service areas but managing flood risk has been a constant theme of my work over the last 43 years.

 I recall the floods of 2000 and 2007 in particular and I have witnessed the distress this can cause, particularly to the more vulnerable members of the community. In the earlier part of my career I was actually digging trenches and laying pipes, later on I was designing drainage systems.

I have worked for Gloucestershire County Council Flood Risk Management Team since 2013. A key part of our job is to check major planning applications to ensure that they incorporate sustainable drainage systems and do not increase flood risk for existing development. We also work closely with the Environment Agency, the Water and Sewerage Companies and District Councils to find solutions to flood problems.

Can you tell us why you enjoy your job and any work you’re particularly proud of?

I find my job rewarding because we can make a difference to people and communities affected by flood risk and there is always another challenge waiting for us.

We have a flood alleviation major scheme at Priors/Oakley in Cheltenham which is expected to start early in the New Year. The scheme is designed to divert flows from the Cleeve escarpment during extreme rainfall and hold it back in attenuation basins before releasing it back at a controlled rate into the Wymans and Noverton Brooks. The scheme should reduce flood risk for 179 households. This is just one of the many schemes we are working on to help reduce flood risks throughout Gloucestershire.

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