A TEAM of experts has been appointed to help protect households across London from flooding.
Set up with funding from the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and support from London Councils, the new Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) Project Advisor Team will work with boroughs to develop new flood risk management schemes.
The team of five officers and a project leader will also help councils deliver their existing schemes and help them to secure further funding to better protect communities from the devastating effects of flooding.
They will work with local authorities that are already fulfilling their statutory duties (which requires them to publish a local strategy about tackling flood risk) and will also work alongside the Environment Agency, Thames Water and other partners to ensure the best solutions are found.
Cllr Julian Bell, London Councils’ executive member for transport and environment, said: “We know the effects of flooding are devastating and destroy lives and homes.
“The new team will offer help and advice for councils and bolster their efforts to keep residents and properties safe, while ensuring they continue to get the support they need from partner agencies.”
James Spragg, team leader at the Environment Agency (London), said: “We’re excited by the opportunity to work with councils to deliver flood risk management benefits to local homes and businesses, and ensure the investment is good value for money.”
Visit our flood fisk management information pages or watch our short video on what to do when threatened by flooding