Wealden Flood Prevention and Preparedness Project
A total of 861 households in Hellingly, Uckfield and Pevensey Bay have benefited from a combined initiative by Wealden District Council and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to raise awareness about flood prevention.
Doorstep visits by firefighters, community volunteers and Police Community Support Officers have more than doubled the number of homes who are now more aware and therefore flood prepared.
Working in partnership with East Sussex Fire & Rescue, Parish Councils, East Sussex County Council and the Environment Agency, Wealden has been helping target those households where there is a higher flooding risk with advice and useful information about preparing for and coping with flooding.
Following the Hellingly pilot project, an evaluation report was produced. One of the recommendations of this report was to produce an on-line toolkit for all other Town/Parish councils, to help and encourage them to co-ordinate similar projects in their local areas. The idea is that local councils would use their community stewards/volunteers, with assistance (where available) from ESFRS volunteers to co-ordinate and deliver door-to-door visits. Alternatively they may choose to run a single element of the project, for example just undertake a leaflet / information drop.
The elements of the online toolkit are:
- Quick guide to running a flood awareness project in your area
- Evaluation form template
- Evaluation form guidance notes (brief guidance on how to analyse and learn from the data)
- Guidance on completing an emergency plan
- Flooding and Drainage; Guidance for Property Owners Leaflet
- Flood Information Magnet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free magnets.
For the second phase of the project, two more communities at the highest risk of flooding or the effects of flooding in the Wealden district were targeted; these being Uckfield and Pevensey Bay. Evaluation reports have been produced for both of these projects, and are listed below:
For information on the latest flood protection products and services visit the National Flood Forum website.
The latest weather information can be accessed from the Met Office website, on the MET Twitter page or on the MET Facebook page . This website also contains useful information about what to do in the event of severe weather – search ‘severe weather’.
For information on flooding:
- from a sewer, call Southern Water on 0845 278 0845.
- from the sea or river, call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188.
- from the highways, call ESCC highway authority on 0345 60 80 193.