County’s £8.25m flood initiative launched

West Sussex County Council has announced an £8.25million initiative to tackle flooding.

The initiative - known as Operation Watershed - will pay for highway drainage and environmental improvements in areas that have been the worst affected in recent months.

A list of schemes is being drawn up with priority being given to areas that have seen repeat flooding.

The announcement came following a year labelled the wettest in a century by the Met Office and the publication last month of a major report into the floods of June 2012.

Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: “We promised that the report into the June floods was just the beginning, and would be translated into action. In view of the weather in recent weeks, there is an even greater urgency.

“Now we have the finance in place we can look in detail at schemes that will reduce the impact of future flooding on home owners, our business community and road users. In the first instance we will be focusing on areas that have suffered repeat flooding to ensure that this money is well invested, and has significant benefits.”