21 March 2016

A website designed to help people minimise the risk of flooding in their communities has scooped a national and a regional award and has been shortlisted for another national honour.

Northamptonshire County Council’s ‘Flood Toolkit’ project set out to find out why some initiatives, many related to planning, work well and why others do not.

The idea won the Environment Agency Project Excellence Award as well as the Royal Town Planning Institute’s East Midlands regional Best Plan Award.

The Flood Toolkit will also appear on the shortlist in the finals of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s planning excellence awards, which will be held in May.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is an excellent website which is very easy to use and provides clear, accessible advice on all sorts of flooding related issues.

“What we’ve found is that communities are often best set to help themselves as they have an in-depth knowledge of their areas.

“However we can help by gathering all of the important information and centralising it so it can be used easily – with people selecting what they need.”

What does the flood toolkit do?

The website – www.floodtoolkit.com - provides a central point of information on a wide range of flooding issues, including flood-risk maps, funding available and interactive guides.

The toolkit aims to answer the most fundamental and frequently asked flood related questions through a number of interactive elements and easily accessible downloadable guides.

The aim is to equip people so they have the information required to help themselves as much as possible, working in a preventative way.

The county council was one of 13 lead local flood authorities to have been successful in securing Defra funding to help support communities, to help themselves against the risk of surface water flooding.

The aim was to find out what tools would help communities to make themselves more resilient to flooding. The project focused on 15 communities across Northamptonshire that were considered to be at the highest risk of surface water flooding.