In the East of Swindon, we don’t get storm surges which ruin our rail-links like in Cornwall, or have extensive flood waters like the Somerset Levels.
However, we do suffer from river, groundwater, and surface water flooding and you can have a say about the flooding affecting you and your area.
The National Flood Forum’s Community Flood Resilience Officer, Grace Martin, is in Swindon to work with communities that have either been affected by flooding or are at risk of flooding because of their location
Since its inception, the National Flood Forum has sought to be the focal point for all those who find their lives disrupted by flooding.
We have found that the best way of making things happen locally is by communities working together with the authorities and agencies who work in flood risk. Forming a community based flood action group to work on behalf of the wider community in finding ways to reduce flood risk has proved very effective across England and Wales.
In order to set up such flood action groups, there have been drop in sessions in libraries in January and February, and Grace has sought to talk to existing community groups and to active individuals.
There has been a great amount of support for flood action groups so far, but more support is needed. If you want to contribute to a flood action group or feel strongly about the flooding issues in your area, Grace wants to hear from you.
Thus far, people have voiced that there are issues with localised flooding (such as in Cavendish Square in Park South and in Liden), the culvert and the Wanborough Road bridge on the Dorcan Stream (Covingham), the Coate Water underpass, and the effect of the Eastern Development on water courses. Please get in touch to raise any issues which affect the community that we haven’t heard of yet.
In addition to working with flood action groups, Grace is working with:
– Active people in the area who have helped run drop in sessions (Sarah Smith, Walcot, and Martin Styles, Liden), raising awareness of flooding in the area, and are being proactive in terms of increasing flood resilience (Gareth Hawkes, Covingham).
– The junior flood action group in Dorcan Academy who will have their first training day on 25 February and are planning activities to raise their peer’s awareness of flooding.
– Community members, agencies and authorities on an e-learning package. The e-learning package will be available for everyone to use in the Summer (there will be one for children and one for adults)
Contact details: Grace Martin, 01793 464855 and 07842 163437, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, top: Sarah Smith;
bottom: Sarah Smith, Grace Martin, Martin Buckhurst.