Flood Relief Meeting from the PCC
3 November 2014
On Monday 3 November, Avon & Somerset Police’s Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Councillor and leader of Somerset County Council John Osman hosted a response meeting after Sue visited the flooding on the Somerset Levels earlier this year and was motivated by the impact it had on local communities. Around 200 people attended the event and were greeted by presentations from the Environment Agency, Somerset County Council, Avon and Somerset Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services.
The audience then got the opportunity to speak to representatives from each agency about their plans to stop flooding recurring this winter. Topics discussed included Somerset County Council’s plans to secure funding to fight the floods and to help support local people when needed; the possibility of Devon and Somerset’s Fire services having access and help from neighbouring fire stations to respond to flooding quicker; and how local debriefs found the military to be a valuable resource in helping to respond to the flooding. The discussion ended with Avon and Somerset Police reporting that there will be earlier engagement with partners should the situation happen again, with a better coordination of volunteers and a greater community voice present.
And for those who couldn’t be there, Avon and Somerset Police were particularly vocal over Twitter, informing the public about the presentations as they were happening live. If you would like to view the full event, you can watch the video here.