On Friday 13 July the Environment Agency Floodline Trailer will be in the Market Place at Downham Market.
Environment Agency staff will be there to answer questions about local flood risk and to talk about the steps individuals and communities can take to prepare themselves for a flood event.
The Floodline Trailer will be part of a community focused event attended by King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council and Norfolk Constabulary who are working together to help raise awareness of issues that local people face and to check how prepared the local community is. Issues range from flooding to drought with fuel crisis, fires, storms and severe weather all posing possible threats to residents and businesses.
Come and speak to the team and find out how to prepare as an individual, business or part of the wider local community.
The Environment Agency are promoting the importance of preparing a flood plan for your home or business and they will be encouraging individuals and communities to sign up for their Flood Warnings Direct service which operates a flood warning for properties at risk in Downham Market.
Karen Paterson, Flood and Costal Risk Management Officer at the Environment Agency, said: “Flooding poses a risk to life and property, being prepared could save your family, your possessions and your livelihood. One in six homes in England and Wales is at risk of flooding. We urge everyone to check whether their property is at risk by visiting the Environment Agency’s website and taking steps to prepare, such as creating a flood plan and looking at ways to make their property more resistant to flooding.”
The Flood Warnings Direct service is easy and free to sign up to. Flood Warnings Direct issues a message directly to you by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message, fax or pager when flooding is likely.
You can check to see if you are at risk of flooding by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk and by following the links to Flooding, or by calling Floodline Warnings Direct on 0854 988 1188. The Agency also has a new SMART phone App called Flood Alert which you can download for free to your phone or via Facebook.