Flood Defenses Fail Us

Evacuations, Flooding & Chaos


Over the past 24 hours residents across Greater Manchester have dealt with the deluge from Storm Christoph, culminating in evacuations in South Manchester as the River Mersey broke it's banks.

Away from the headlines, local councils have shown their failures in managing this crisis, and a lack of a joined up approach from the Mayor's office has been telling.

In Trafford, with its extensive network of brooks and streams, it appears that even this morning (Wednesday) flood defenses haven't been activated, with Timperley Basin remaining closed, and the service provider AMEY failing to get pumps to homes that have been flooded.

How we deal with climate change and its long term affects on our city region need to brought together by the Mayor and the combined authority, in order to try and make sure that if an event like Storm Christoph happens again, no one is left behind and underwater.

I would create an emergency plan specifically for 'Adverse Climate Events', so councils across the city region, emergency services and other stakeholders can work together with seamless effort, all knowing what they should be doing and why.

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