Hundreds warned about flood risk

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Hundreds of Wealden residents have been given advice after being told their homes are most at risk from flooding.

Through the Wealden Flood Prevention and Preparedness Project, firefighters, community volunteers and Police Community Support Officers have carried out 861 doorstep visits to make residents aware of the specific risk of flooding to their homes, so they are now flood prepared.

The project identified 861 homes as being most at risk from flooding or the effects of flooding, including 475 residential properties in Hellingly, 108 in Uckfield and 278 in Pevensey Bay.

Following targeted visits to these homes, 97 per cent of the householders who were talked to now feel confident about coping with flooding.

Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety , said: “Although extreme weather events are more likely because of Climate Change, we never know when they will strike, but with improved flood risk analysis, we can identify those properties where flooding is more likely to occur. It may be from flooded rivers and watercourses or hillside run-off or, in coastal areas, high tides.

“I would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help with this project. Doorstep visits do take time, but they are most effective when it comes to sharing important messages about safeguarding your property. It is always best to be prepared.”

Gary Walsh, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service added: “Our crews see first hand the chaos which can be caused to homes by floods. This initiative will improve community resilience in those areas affected by flooding, making those communities better able to plan for and deal with an emergency - or even prevent it in the first place.

“In the most serious cases of flooding it can take months to recover, leaving people homeless or out of pocket as they try to replace their possessions. By raising awareness, individuals and the community will be able to return to normal much quicker as a result of this initiative.”

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, drawn up by East Sussex County Council, also identifies parts of Crowborough, Heathfield, Hailsham, Willingdon, Polegate, Wannock, East Dean and Friston as being at risk from flooding. For more information on the project, visit www.wealden.gov.uk.

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