In Swindon, we don’t get storm surges or suffer from coastal problems like other places in the UK, but flooding from rivers, groundwater, and surface water is an ever present problem at times of heavy rainfall.
In East Swindon the beginning of 2014 has been marked by flooding in Buckhurst Crescent, Walcot, and Liden Drive.
The homes around the Dorcan Brook and the River Cole have been affected numerous times in the last few years.
Residents can do something about flooding by helping each other and being prepared for flooding by taking action to reduce the causes of flooding.
Grace Martin from the National Flood Forum is running drop-in sessions in local libraries, shops and churches throughout the area where people can stop by to share their stories, issues, concerns and photos of flooding.
She is working with residents as part of a Flood Resilience Project. Since it’s inception, Grace has spoken to many residents about flooding in the areas, started developing an e-learning package for all to complete in the summer of last year and set up a Junior Flood Action Group at Dorcan Academy.
In the next few months, along with holding more drop-in sessions across the east of the town, she will be at the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy’s consultation on Saturday 1 February at Swindon Central Library.
Grace will also be working with 1st Eldene Brownies to create a Flood Awareness Badge, working with Dorcan’s Junior Flood Action Group to hold awareness raising activities for their peers and will be working with you all to set up flood action groups.
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