06 May 2020
This evening webinar is hosted by the CIWEM Tyne and Humber branch. There will be two talks looking at flood resilient management in the North East.
The first of these presentations will be on how local authorities manage flood resilience, which will be followed by a review of the Defra commissioned Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder project.
Presentation 1: Flood resilience from a local authority perspective
Carl Hodgson | Gateshead Council
The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) is responsible for the strategic overview of flood risk within each authority area, cooperating with other Risk Management Authorities such as Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency. But other Local Authority functions such as the Planning Authority; Resilience Planning; Community Services and Highway Authority are essential in ensuring a resilience-based approach is taken to flood risk.
This talk will provide an overview of the roles of these key partners in planning local flood risk management, engaging with stakeholders and other risk management authorities.
The second half of the presentation will concentrate on the impact and recovery of the summer 2012 flooding in the North East; how important community engagement is to raise awareness and helps prepare against flooding in at risk areas and the different risks to residents and businesses.
Presentation 2: Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder project
Shelley Evans | JBA Consulting
Steve Wragg | City of York Council
The Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder project is one of three Defra commissioned projects running through to March 2021. The project aim is to raise awareness of property flood resilience across the Yorkshire RFCC region, identifying good practice and any barriers to uptake. This will inform measures and actions aimed at simplifying and streamlining uptake to help increase levels of resilience to future flooding.
The project is being led by Steve Wragg from the City of York Council, with the survey and project evaluation aspect being managed by Shelley Evans from JBA Consulting and the Integrated Catchment Solutions Partnership (iCASP) at Leeds University.
Shelley and Steve will guide attendees through the Yorkshire PFR Pathfinder project, addressing the following questions:
Carl Hodgson has worked for Gateshead Council for 15 years and within flood risk management for 8 years. Prior to this he worked for consultants on the design of highway and drainage projects. In his current role of senior flood risk engineer, he is responsible for the delivery of the council's duties as lead local flood authority and drainage duties as the highway authority.
Moving into this role in June 2012, Carl's first main challenge was the recovery and flooding investigation reports from the summer 2012 storms where over 400 properties flooded. Working closely with Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and other key stakeholders, he is also responsible for the delivery of flood risk related capital projects and highway drainage schemes in the borough.
Shelley Evans is a professional emergency planner with a background in hazard management, specialising in the creation and delivery of training and exercising programmes for the Environment Agency and Network Rail duty officers. She undertakes a role of industry course lecturer for the flood and coastal risk management postgraduate course at Lancaster University.
Shelley also leads JBA Consulting's northern Property Flood Resilience (PFR) hub and is project managing work pacakages 1 and 4 of the Yorkshire PFR Pathfinder project on behalf of the Integrated Catchment Solutions Partnership (iCASP) at Leeds University.
Steve Wragg has worked in flood risk management for over 20 years and has experienced the industry and its changes from a range of roles across this time. After initial employment as a consultant engineer, Steve worked for the Environment Agency for 12 years managing flood risk projects and teams across North and South Yorkshire.
He was involved in a number of significant flood events across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Following the 2007 floods and the development of lead local flood authorities, he took up the role of flood risk planning manager for Hull City Council, where he developed the delivery of the role and requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act.
Steve joined the City of York Council in May 2014 in a similar role. He has chaired the local authority capacity building steering group for the Environment Agency and Defra, as well as being involved in a number of advisory and national groups.
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