Flood prevention investment on the way

Haringey Council leader offers reassurances following flash floods

The leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Peray Ahmet has emphasised that this year, £870,000 will be invested on flood management schemes, following flooding that affected areas across the borough on Monday.

Cllr Ahmet visited business owners and staff in Park Road, Muswell Hill, to hear about the damage caused by the torrential downpour, and the challenges they’ve experienced since. Then alongside, Cllr Zena Brabazon, cabinet member for early years, children and families, they visited St Mary’s CE Primary School in N8, and Fortismere School in N10 to see how these educational settings have been affected.

Haringey Council leader Cllr Peray Ahmet (left) with St Mary’s CE Primary School headteacher, Calvin Henry (centre) and Cllr Zena Brabazon (right)

Cllr Ahmet said: “I sympathise with every resident, local business and school that has been affected by the flooding that took place across Haringey on Monday night.

“We witnessed extreme rainfall (more than we normally see for the whole of July) that impacted significant parts of London – not just Haringey.

“The council took immediate action and put strong measures in place to clear up the worst affected areas. Working alongside the London Fire Brigade, our Highways team worked through the night to clear the surface water that affected several parts of the borough.

Flash flooding in Wood Green High Road
Credit: Stephen Furne

Cllr Ahmet added: “We continue to work with residents, businesses and schools who have seen their properties affected and both Cllr Brabazon and I felt it was important that we visited the businesses in Park Road, St Mary’s Primary School and Fortismere School to see first-hand the damage caused by the flooding and offer our support.

“We understand the frustrations of our residents and businesses, and this is something we take extremely seriously. We are investing £870k this year on flood management schemes with the aim of flood prevention and drainage improvements.”