Norton flooding victims to have say

RESIDENTS affected by flooding are being asked to put forward their views and experiences at a special roadshow in Norton next week.

The National Flood Forum (NFF) is hosting the roadshow at the Asda car park in Norton Road, on Monday, noon-6pm.

Support for the roadshow has come from members of Silver Command, who oversaw the recent flooding in the town, including Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and the emergency services.

The NFF is a national charity and staff will be on hand to provide support for local people to ensure that the needs of flood-risk communities are represented.

Heather Shepherd, NFF community and recovery support officer, said: “At this event residents will be able to come and talk about how they feel and what happened to them, but also gain advice and information including insurance.”

The roadshow will provide another way in which the community can feed into the multi-agency review of recent flooding events, which North Yorkshire County Council is leading.

The review aims to gather evidence from the widest range of sources possible, so that future planning and investment can be focused in the right places.

Coun Linda Cowling, leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “The views of people who visit the roadshow are vital in ensuring that the multi-agencies can continue to work together for the benefit of the local community. I urge Ryedale residents to visit the roadshow on February 4.”

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