TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT FLOODING

Lakeside Flood Solutions will be hosting a Community Flooding Information event on Tuesday 5 February, 3pm – 7pm at the Civic Community Hall in Hailsham.

The event is open to anyone who has concerns about the effect flooding could have on their property.

Lakeside Flood Solutions are working with Wealden District Council and the Environment Agency to install flood protection measures at homes in the District most at risk of flooding.  An earlier phase of the Council-led Wealden Flood Resilience Scheme helped some 57 properties understand their flood risk.

Cllr Claire Dowling, Wealden’s Cabinet Member for Public Health & Community Safety said: “Thanks to the Wealden Scheme and Lakeside Flood Solutions, there is now an opportunity for all Wealden residents to benefit from reduced-priced flood defence products.

“The results of flooding can be emotionally and financially devastating. We encourage anyone concerned about their home being affected by flooding to attend this event to discuss their options with us.”

Officers from Wealden and the Environment Agency will also be available on the day to talk about identification of properties at risk of flooding. A variety of flood defence product samples will be on display together with information about installation, and what to do in the event of a flash flood.

“Through grant funding secured by the Southern Regional Flood & Coastal Committee, the Central Government Flood Defence Grant in Aid and contributions from Wealden District Council, we are able to help those properties at the highest flood risk with providing flood resilience measures,” said Gordon Wilson, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for the Environment Agency in Sussex and Hampshire.  “Working in partnership with local authorities like Wealden District Council helps us to ensure the money is used where it is most needed, to reduce flood risk to properties.”

Notes:

Phase 1 of the Wealden Flood Resilience Scheme ran in four towns across Wealden:

  • 57 Wealden residents had an in-depth property assessment survey to understand their flood risk whilst being given a list of recommended flood resilience measures to reduce this risk;
  • Through WDC’s partnership with the Environment Agency, the Council was able to secure Local Levy grant funding through the Regional Flood & Coastal Committee which saw over £70,000 spent on property level flood resilience measures;
  • 27 residents took up the grant and installed flood measures around their home with many realising the benefits to the extent that they made an additional financial contribution themselves on top of the grant funding.