19 June 2014

A Northamptonshire County Council project is calling on local knowledge and historical experience to help shape which prevention measures are chosen to thwart the misery of flooding.

The county council’s flood roadshow will visit a total of 12 communities across Northamptonshire 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.

What is the aim of the project?

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 road show - 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 Northamptonshire 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 heart breaking. 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.”

Where will the roadshow go?

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:

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