People are invited to learn how to protect their homes at Swindon's first ever Flood Protection Products Fair.
The free event takes place on Wednesday, 18 June, from 2pm until 7pm at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, off Kemble Drive, Swindon.
People will be able to see some of the latest flood protection products on the market, from devices to stop sewage flowing back up lavatory pans to sandless sandbags which are only a few centimetres thick but quickly swell up when they come into contact with water to create a barrier against rising flood levels.
The fair has been funded and organised jointly by the Environment Agency, Swindon Borough Council and registered charity, the National Flood Forum.
Mary Dhonau, Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, said: "Having been flooded myself, I know just what a horrendous experience it can be. There is so much more people can do these days to protect their homes from being flooded. The flood defence fair will give people a chance to see first hand the 21st centuries alternatives to the humble, heavy and inefficient sandbag, which can help reduce the misery that being flooded brings."
Similar events held across the country in areas where homes and businesses were affected by the 2007 floods have proved very popular.
Terry Wright, spokesperson for the Environment Agency, said: "At the flood fair local residents will be able to check if their home or business is in a flood risk area, find out about flood warning services and how they can sign up, and ask for advice on the practical steps to protect their homes from flooding. We will also be giving tips to members of the community on how they can develop their own home or business flood plan. This type of event helps people to recognise the best ways to manage flood risk in their homes."
Councillor Fionuala Foley, Swindon Borough Council Deputy Leader, said: "This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about the wide range of products available to help safeguard their homes from flooding. Representatives from a host of organisations will also be on hand to answer questions, give advice and offer practical tips on how to minimise the risk of properties being affected by flooding. Everyone is welcome, so I would encourage people to take advantage of this free event."
People can park in The Designer Outlet Centre car parks, near STEAM, free of charge by picking up a special voucher at the fair.