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Years of silt, vegetation and fallen trees are scheduled to be removed this autumn from the River Tas by the Environment Agency following a visit to Forncett in March from South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon. 

Mr Bacon was invited by residents and the parish council to visit the river after fears for lives, properties and livestock were raised.


A car trapped by flood waters in
Wash Lane, Forncett


Routine maintenance of the River Tas had been neglected causing increased flooding. Over the previous two years, four vehicles had become trapped in the ford at Wash Lane and residents had reported flood waters reaching their doorsteps due to lack of routine dredging.

Mr Bacon said: “Following my letter to the Environment Agency, I am delighted to learn that it now has a budget to clear the river from Wacton to Hapton during the current financial year”.

The Environment Agency is to contact landowners alongside the river about the proposals. It has also been in touch with the County’s Highways Department for improved signage at Wash Lane ford.

Mr Bacon said: “It’s good news that the Environment Agency plans to maintain the River Tas every four to five years.  People’s lives should not be put at risk by neglect.

24 August 2009