15 October 2014

People in the Thrapston area will be able to find out about the risk of surface water flooding when a roadshow comes to town later this month.

Northamptonshire County Council’s flood awareness team will be at Thrapston Market on Tuesday, October 28 between 9.30am and 3pm to answer any questions on the subject.

What's the aim of the roadshow?

The team has been funded through Defra’s Pathfinder project, which aims at identifying communities at risk of surface water flooding and drawing up possible solutions to problems faced.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment said: “Many people in Thrapston could be at risk of surface water flooding and just not know it.

“The Environment Agency published surface water flood risk maps last winter and we are keen to raise the awareness of this kind of flooding in Northamptonshire. It’s often difficult to understand that if you don’t have a river running near to your house that you still may be at risk.

“Surface water flooding is caused when large volumes of rain falls very quickly on localised areas, often on to hard ground and the drains are not designed to take this amount of water.

“I am keen that individuals should know their flood risk and plan in advance what they might do to reduce and plan for the impacts flooding.”

Mary Dhonau OBE who has been flooded herself and is leading the community engagement on the Pathfinder project, said: “Being flooded is an appalling experience but being aware, planning in advance and protecting your home against flooding can really reduce the misery that being flooded brings.

“We will have flood maps and lots of advice with us and we are really looking forward to meeting the community of Thrapston.”