Go-ahead for Surface Water Management Plan

By on 20/07/2015 in Cllr Ali, News

A document highlighting areas of Birmingham at risk of flooding and setting out how these issues should be managed is due to be approved by cabinet.

The Surface Water Management Plan, developed by Birmingham City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water, focuses on 15 priority areas of the city considered to have the highest risk of surface water flooding.

These are Rednal, Frankley, Longbridge, West Heath, Bournville, Selly Park, Selly Oak, Edgbaston, Digbeth, Saltley, Hockley, Handsworth, Birchfield, Four Oaks and Sutton Coldfield.

A report to cabinet also recommends approval for an action plan setting out how potential flooding issues in these areas should be addressed and managed.

Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: “Birmingham may not have seen the major flooding events that tend to dominate the headlines, but flooding does remain an issue for the city, often as a combination of river flooding, sewer flooding and surface water flooding. In fact, it is estimated that there are 22,900 properties at risk of surface water flooding from rain in Birmingham – more than anywhere else in the UK outside of London.

“While it is not possible to develop an action plan to manage the risk to every one of these properties individually, we have instead been able to focus on 15 priority areas where the flood risk is higher and, accordingly, have developed an action plan setting out how this risk will be managed in the long-term.”

Cabinet will consider the report at its meeting on Monday, July 27. The Surface Water Management Plan and related documents can be viewed here.


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