Flooding roadshow to help cut risk in Northants

Flooding at Stanwick Lakes in 2012
Flooding at Stanwick Lakes in 2012

Victims of flooding are needed to help shape which prevention measures are chosen to thwart the misery of flooding in the future.

Northamptonshire County Council’s flood roadshow will visit a total of 12 communities across the county which are recognised as being at a high risk of surface water flooding.

The roadshow is part of the council’s wider Community Pathfinder Project which has been made possible after Northamptonshire was chosen by the government as just one of 13 areas in the country in which to deliver this pilot initiative.

This pathfinder project can provide the selected communities with a range of flood resilience tools.

The project aims to find out what tools would help communities make themselves more resilient to flooding and what tools really are not useful in practice.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for environment, transport and highways, said: “I am very proud that Northamptonshire County Council has been selected for funding from Defra to help raise awareness of surface water flooding in the County.

“We hope the funding will help communities to become both aware of and resilient to surface water flooding.

“Please come and meet our staff at the roadshow - they will talk to you about preparing for flooding, both individually and as a community and about the funding we have secured to provide the selected communities.”

The county council secured just under £300,000 of DEFRA funding in December 2012 to help support communities to help themselves against the risk of surface water flooding to their own properties and their local community.

Mary Dhonau OBE, who is representing the county council in the roadshow, said: “Having suffered first hand from the effects of being flooded on several occasions, I know only too well what an appalling experience it is.

“Being the victim of flood water ravaging your home has far reaching and long term consequences for everyone concerned.

“To watch helplessly as everything you have worked hard for is thrown into a skip is bad enough but to lose precious sentimental items such as children’s drawings and photos of those no longer with us is heartbreaking.

“The misery is further compounded by having to move out of your home into alternative accommodation for an average of nine months, while your home is being repaired.”

The communities included in the Pathfinder Project are Brigstock, Geddington, Irchester, Naseby, Silverstone, Titchmarsh, Thrapston, Tiffield, Warmington, Weston and Weedon and Yelvertoft.

The roadshow will be visiting all of the selected villages using a Community Flood Awareness Vehicle on the following days:

Tuesday, June 24

- Warmington – Chapel Street, 9.30am

- Titchmarsh – The Green, midday

- Thrapston – East Northamptonshire District Council offices car park, 2.30pm

Wednesday, June 25

- Yelvertoft - 9.30am

- Naseby – village hall, midday

- Geddington – village hall, 2.45pm

Monday, June 30

- Brigstock – village hall, 9.30am

- Ringstead – village car park, midday

- Irchester – working men’s club car park, High Street, 2.30pm

Tuesday, July 1

- Tiffield – The George Inn, High Street, 10am

- Weston and Weedon – The Crown pub, Weston, 12.30pm