Flood prevention at the heart of roadshow

15 August 2012

Newcastle City Council is teaming up with a national charity to give help and advice to anyone who has been affected by the recent floods or would like assistance in protecting their home from future flooding.

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For further information please contact:
Charlotte Sly, Phone: 0191 211 5057, Emerg only: 07766 442 597, Email: charlotte.sly@newcastle.gov.uk

The National Flood Forum will be running a flood prevention roadshow when they visit the city centre next Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 21 August.

The charity will be holding drop-in sessions from 11am each day on Grainger Street using the National Flood Forum’s flood recovery trailer.

During next week’s roadshow the National Flood Forum will also be joined by council officers, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency.

The charity supports and represents flood risk communities and works to highlight issues that affect people nationally to the government, agencies and local authorities.

Their work includes providing help in finding affordable home insurance and advice on building on floodplains.

They also work with communities providing ways they can reduce their flood risk, working collectively with those that have responsibility, and plan for greater readiness for any future flooding.

Cllr Henri Murison, Newcastle City Council’s Quality of Life cabinet member said: “The resent storms and flooding were unprecedented but it is important that everyone is given the opportunity to protect their home from future events. I am glad that we will be working with the National Flood Forum and other partners in giving the people of Newcastle the chance to talk about their concerns and get expert help in flood prevention in their communities, as we rightly still seek to secure help from government towards at least some of the costs to the city of the recent floods."

Northumbrian Water’s sewerage operations controller, Linzie Pentleton, said: “We are committed to reducing flooding from our sewer network and as well as maintaining and upgrading our assets, partnership working is a vital element of that process. Another important aspect is the ability to gain and share as much knowledge and information about particular flooding events. We would encourage residents to come along to the road show next week.”

For more information go to www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment/environment/flood-management or if you would like to contact the Forum phone 01743 741 725 or 01299 403 055 or visit www.floodforum.org.uk.

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