Meeting this week over Ripon Floods

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Meeting this week over Ripon Floods

STAFF from the Environment Agency will in Ripon this week to talk to residents who were affected by last month's flooding

The team, based in York, is holding a meeting in the town hall on Thursday, from 2pm to 8pm, when officers also hope to gather information about how the flooding affected specific areas. The meeting is one of a series of drop-ins which is being organised by the Environment Agency across the region. The Highways Agency and emergency planners from North Yorkshire County Council will also be attending. Area flood risk manager, Thomasin Turner said: "The more that we know about how the flooding affected different homes and streets then the more we can do to find ways of protecting people. "We are urging people to come along with photographs, and any other documentation which we can use to plot the path and the times of the flooding more specifically. We will add the data to our own records and return to Ripon later in the year to update residents on the results of our review." More than 60 millimetres of rain fell in 12 hours in the Ripon area on June 14-15, and more than 96 millimetres fell over 24 hours, which is more than one month's average rainfall. Dozens of properties in the Borrage Lane and Boroughbridge Road areas were flooded as the rivers Skell and Laver burst their banks. Similar flooding in 2000 resulted in plans being drawn up for a flood defence scheme for the city, but this is still awaiting funding.

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