Following the floods of 2007 everyone is now more aware of the risk of flooding in homes and businesses. Like many others, Thorngumbald parish is located in an area liable to flooding and for this reason the Parish Council have specific arrangements in place, should the parish be at risk.
As part of our Emergency Plan, the Parish Council has signed up to the Floodline Service which means we should get advance notice of any expected flooding in our area. This could mean that our Emergency Plan is activated.
We have an Emergency Team who will meet should the Environment Agency issue a flood warning for our area, and who will discuss how best to manage the risk. If necessary, they will activate part, or all, of the Parish Emergency Plan. A part of our Parish Emergency Plan is specifically aimed at providing help and assistance to residents, should flooding occur.
- Advising residents how best they can prepare before, during and after flooding. Leaflets are available for download on the right of this page.
- We would also have a visible presence in communities to advise
- Providing emergency accommodation for a short period of time to residents who may have to leave their homes temporarily.
- Giving priority to vulnerable members of our community who would be unable to cope on their own. This would involve advising what is happening and assisting where we can.
Important flood safety advice.
- Remember flood water will probably contain sewage, which can cause disease. Always wash your hands / arms / legs after coming into contact with flood water with hot water and soap. Keep contaminated footwear and clothing away from children.
- Do not allow children to play in floodwater. As well as the risk of disease manhole covers may have dislodged under the pressure of floodwater creating a drowning risk. If you need to walk through floodwater consider using a pole (brush handle) to test the ground in front of you.
What can you do to help prepare your home and family?
Would you know what to do if flood warnings were issued for this area? No one can protect their property completely from floods, but there are some things you can do, such as prepare a Household Emergency Plan, as advised by the Environment Agency. Download one on the right of this page and keep it safe.
There are also leaflets to download on the right of this page to help prepare your home.
What can you do to help your community during a flood?
You could help by volunteering to help during an emergency. The Parish Council would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to volunteer and you can also download a form on the left.