New data being gathered on River Severn flood risk, says minister

New data is being gathered to forecast future risk of flooding along the River Severn, an MP has been told.

Rebecca Pow
Rebecca Pow

In an answer to a written question from Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski, minister for flooding Rebecca Pow said that the Environnment Agency was at present updating its river modeling and flood mapping to help future decision making.

Mrs Pow said £250,000 had been set aside to gather information which would be used to deliver a completed model by the end of next year.

"This new flood model will not only provide an update to the flood risk mapping, but also deliver evidence to support the flood-warning service," she said.

Mrs Pow added that the information would also be used to assess potential future flood schemes, and that any future development in the area was delivered safely.

She said it was also being used by the River Severn Partnership, which has been tasked with drawing up a long-term scheme to prevent future flooding along the river, following the announcement of £36 million government funding.

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