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National award for Canvey flood scheme

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has received an award as part of a multi-agency partnership that was set up to prevent surface water floods on Canvey Island.

The partnership received the ‘Resilience’ award in the ‘Long Term Funding to Prevent, Prepare and Respond’ category at the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport national awards ceremony.

The multi-agency, which includes Anglian Water, Essex County Council, Castle Point Borough Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency, won the award for its work tackling surface flooding on Canvey Island.

Following a storm and heavy rainfall on July 20, 2014, the partnership was set up to address problems with surface water floods on Canvey.

Since then, hundreds of people have received flood risk and prevention advice, over 5,000 gullies and 2,500 manholes have been checked and open local watercourses have been mapped out.

Station Officer Duncan Lewis, ECFRS Technical Fire Safety, said: “We have worked closely with our partners to protect people and property on Canvey Island from future floods.

“I’m delighted the work of our multi-agency partnership been recognised and we have been awarded such a prestigious award.

“ECFRS has invested time, effort and resource in creating a plan to reduce the risk of future flooding on Canvey Island.

“We have improved our operations and we have been educating residents and schools about the flood risks and giving flood prevention advice.”

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