|A website has been launched today aimed at providing advice, support and information to protect against flooding on the Isle of Man.|
iomfloodhub.im is an important development in improving safety and protecting property from flooding across the Island.Tynwald agreed in October to transfer responsibility for flood risk management to the Department of Infrastructure from Manx Utilities.
The move is designed to ensure flood risk and coastal management comes under a single point of political leadership, delivering solutions more promptly, and is made in response to recommendations from the ARUP report into the 2019 flooding in Laxey.
Since the transfer was confirmed, a new Flood Management division has been created within the DoI. Staff from the Met Office and Manx Utilities have joined to ensure a coordinated and cohesive approach.
The new division has a wide ranging brief, which includes publishing strategies and plans, carrying out surveys, maintaining and monitoring flood management infrastructure and watercourses, and providing guidance and information for the community.
The iomfloodhub website will assist by providing information on the risk of flooding from the sea, rivers and surface water in the form of an interactive map. Site visitors can also report incidents of flooding to a system supported by existing response teams within the DoI. In addition, the site features up-to-date weather forecasts, carries a range of information on flood types and causes, and explains the responsibilities placed on landowners in relation to river maintenance.
Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker MHK told B365: ‘The website contains a great deal of important information for residents and businesses, and will be an effective tool for problems to be reported directly to the team who are responsible for taking action within the Department of Infrastructure.
‘Website development will continue with more information being made available for communities to see what is being planned in relation to flood alleviation for their areas.‘Tying everything together in this way marks a great start for the Flood Management division, which will also share flood risk posts on the DoI’s popular social media platforms.’
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