Flooding risk bill debated

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A BILL that gives the new Water and Sewerage Authority powers to co-ordinate flood risk management has been given its second reading in the House of Keys.

Authority chairman Tim Crookall said many of the island’s towns and villages were at risk of flooding and climate change would increase that risk in the future.

He said the Flood Risk Management Bill would replace Land Drainage Act 1934 which he said was ‘antiquated, limited in scope and practically impossible to enforce’.

Mr Crookall said the bill would strengthen the authority’s powers of entry onto land.

Chief Minister Tony Brown made it clear that costs of flood prevention works would not be borne by the water rate payer but on the tax payer.

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