Canalside Flood meetings come to an end

After more than three months of providing information and advice for flood-hit residents, the regular Canalside Flood meetings have come to an end.

All the support will still be available through the usual routes, but in light of falling attendance the multi-agency meetings will no longer take place.

The meetings at the venue near Bridgwater started in Mid-February. At times they attracted well over 100 people looking for help, support and information following the devastating winter floods.

They began as weekly events and then became fortnightly, and the number of people attending has tailed off as the immediate need for support passes.

The most recent meeting on 21 May attracted just over a dozen people and it was agreed that the meetings would stop, on the understanding they could be restarted if needed.

All the information and support that was available at the meetings is still available from the different agencies which are responsible. This covers everything from help to access grants to information on how to dispose of asbestos when clearing your house.

The first point of call point for anyone seeking information about flood related issues is Somerset County Council’s Somerset Direct number 0845 345 9166, staffed Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.

Somerset Direct will provide the information itself or will sign-post callers to the right place.

Cllr John Osman, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “These meetings met a valuable need during the emergency and early stages of recovery, and my thanks go to all the agencies which have had a presence there.

“The help and support is still very much available and will continue to be so, but in light of the falling numbers now feels like the right time to bring these events to an end.”