Bournemouth task group to aid future flood response

Bournemouth Lower Gardens submerged in water Photo by Joanna Bond
Image caption Bournemouth's Lower Gardens were submerged

An emergency response task group is being set up following recent flash flooding in Dorset, according to a local borough council.

The flooding in Bournemouth on 18 August saw the town's Lower and Central Gardens submerged.

The Task and Finish group will comprise of local councillors, representatives of the Environment Agency, Wessex Water and the emergency services.

The group aims to improve local service responses to future flood situations.

The Met Office said 53mm (2.1in) of rain was recorded in the Springbourne area of Bournemouth between 04:00 and 13:00 BST on 18 August.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said it responded to more than 100 incidents in two hours.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Bournemouth Borough Council's portfolio holder for transport and environment, said: "We are keen to ensure that we learn lessons from this incident in order to best prepare ourselves for any future flooding situations."

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