Local communities are more prepared than ever for the winter ahead after community flood wardens attended a special seminar recently in Trowbridge.
It was attended by over 40 flood wardens from across the county, together with partners including the Environment Agency, Wessex 4×4 and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service.
The seminar is part of a programme of work the council leads to help communities and flood volunteers minimise the impact of flooding across the county.
Jonathon Seed, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder responsible for flood alleviation said: “Recent natural disasters facing communities worldwide have served as an important reminder that crises can occur at any time, so it is important for people to be prepared.
“I’m delighted at how well-attended the flood seminar was, and it really emphasised the critical role volunteers have to play in our preparations. I am also pleased we were able to involve partners, who will be a vital part of any response to flooding here in Wiltshire.”
Although the council offers help and support to help tackle sudden, extreme weather, the responsibility for protecting private property rests with the owners.
Residents can clear gullies blocked with debris but if the problem is more serious or people have other concerns these can be reported to Wilshire Council:
– Online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts where people will be able to leave their email address and receive updates
– Or using the MyWilts app on a smart phone – again people will receive updates
– By telephone on 0300 456 0105 – the customer services team will provide a log number
– During severe weather updates will be available on Twitter via @wiltshireroads
Wiltshire Council has been working through the area boards to organise community resilience workshops, with many parishes putting together plans to help cope.
The council has also been helping communities all summer put in their own flood alleviation plans. It spends £1m a year on drainage improvement and flood alleviation works, as well as working with partner agencies that also put in their own investment to reduce risk of flooding in the county.