Ministers respond to letter from flood-hit Grands Vaux residents

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TWO ministers have written to Grands Vaux residents to update them on plans to protect their homes from future flooding.

Infrastructure Minister Tom Binet and Assistant Environment Minister Hilary Jeune have responded to an open letter from worried occupants of properties in the area.

Deputy Tom Binet Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (35168101)

Sections of the Andium estates were submerged in waist-high water last month, when unmanageable rainfall overwhelmed drains across the Island.

Nearly 60 households were evacuated and a major incident was declared, with the bulk of the emergency service response focusing on Grands Vaux – which has been hit with flooding in previous years.

As of last week, around a third of the evacuated households had been unable to return – instead remaining in the temporary accommodation provided to them.

In the wake of the incident, a number of residents sent an open letter to Jersey Water, Andium Homes and Deputy Jeune asking for clarification on the immediate and long-term actions that would be taken to prevent future flooding in the area.

Deputy Hilary Jeune Picture: JON GUEGAN. (35168104)

Deputy Jeune today sent a reply, as did Deputy Binet – who said he felt his ‘additional response’ was warranted given his role as Infrastructure Minister.

More to follow in the JEP…

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