The latest forecast information is now to hand and the scenario overnight is largely unchanged with further outbreaks of rain affecting much of the region for a good part of this evening and overnight, the driest conditions liable to be located towards north and west Cumbria where currently things are dry. Although the majority of the rain will be in the ‘light to steady’ category there remains the potential for one or two heavier interludes this side of midnight. Hence, although the rate of rainfall accumulation will be generally slow there is still the potential for another 10-20 mm of rainfall across a wide swathe of the North West with the risk of ongoing flooding-related impacts lasting well into the night. By midnight we should be seeing the rain area start to withdraw from the north so Cumbria will be first to ‘dry up’ with Lancashire expected to follow later in the night. By breakfast time tomorrow what rain there is still affecting the region is likely to be largely confined to Cheshire and Merseyside with perhaps the odd pocket still affecting Greater Manchester and south Lancashire. Through tomorrow morning this residual rain should peter out but the low pressure centre responsible for the last two days of rain will not be very far away and as skies tend to brighten up and temperatures nudge upwards so a few sharp showers are possible by lunchtime/early afternoon, more especially across Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. There is also a low probability of cloudier skies and some patchy (mainly light) rain feeding back over the Pennines and into the same areas at risk from showers but neither these nor the showers are expected to contribute much in the way of significant additional rainfall. Tomorrow night and Thursday look dry and settled. Continue reading
We like to update you on current information and proposals please find an update on the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 from Defra below and attached for your perusal.
The substantive provisions under Section 30 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Flood and Water Management Act 2010(Designation of features), came into force on 1st August 2012 in England and Wales. The purpose of this legislation is to try and ensure that owners do not inadvertently alter structures or features and potentially increase flood risk.
The authorities with the power to designate (the designating authority) are the Environment Agency; lead localflood authorities; district councils (whether or not it is a lead local flood authority); and internal drainage boards. These provisions allow the designation of third party flood and coastal erosion risk management structures or features that, in the opinion of the designating authority, affect a flood or coastal erosion risk. This makes it a requirement for the owner of a designated structure or feature to seek consent from the relevant authority before altering, removing or replacing it.
Two publications have been produced to support the designation process: an information note for Designating/Responsible Authorities and a leaflet with information for asset owners. It is recommended that Designating Authorities provide a copy of ‘Information for asset owners” in their initial correspondence with landowners. A summary of the informal consultation on these documents, along with that held on theappeals process are also available on the website. Continue reading