SNAITH and Cowick Internal Drainage Board and the area’s town council will have to play a waiting game for flood repair funding after meeting Environment Agency members last Monday.
EA attended the recent Snaith and Cowick Town Council meeting to discuss floodbank repair plans for the River Aire’s riverbank.
IDB’s chairman Paul Cooper said he was concerned about the current state of the riverbank, which is very fragile, but the EA said its engineers would carry out a full investigation of the banks, and consultants would formulate flood protection schemes if necessary, which could take up to 18 months.
At the meeting Mr Cooper and the town council asked the EA for copies of any riverbank surveys so they could plan for the future, and said there was nothing they could do now but wait for the survey to be completed and for the EA to get back to them.
Mr Cooper asked what the EA was doing about slippage of the bank that had occurred recently obstructing water flow in the river. EA said it would take action if it caused major problems.
A spokeswoman for the town council added: “EA are aware there are some issues with the riverbank and have agreed to investigate. As a council we realise these things take time but we are happy they are at least looking at this. However, if the problem did get worse we have an emergency plan we would put in place in conjunction with Humberside Police, EA and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
“Any plan would be to particularly protect the most vulnerable in the community, but should things get really bad, which we don’t envisage the plan is there.”
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