Thursday, 3 October 2013

Flood Watch survey Part 2

Blackburn with Darwen’s Flood Watch project is asking Darwen residents to complete a flooding survey to be in with the chance of winning a £10 Darwen Market voucher. 
The Flood Watch team are out and about in flood risk areas of Darwen this month where they will be speaking to residents about their experiences with flooding and steps they have taken to prepare.
Residents are being asked to complete a short survey which will establish how prepared residents and communities are for floods with a view to improve services and emergency response. 
Those who complete and return the survey will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Darwen Market voucher.
Flood risk areas of Blackburn will be surveyed in early 2014. 
The Flood Watch scheme was born after Blackburn with Darwen Council and Groundwork Pennine Lancashire bid for a share of a £5m pot funded by DEFRA to help communities combat the effects of flooding.
As part of the two year project, residents are being offered help in developing a flood plan so they can minimise damage and make sure they know what to do and who to contact in the event of an emergency. It looks at essential issues such as vulnerable neighbours, keeping essential medicines dry and the safety of pets.
It will also help them form support groups who will work within their community to help reduce the impact of possible future floods. 
The borough is most at risk of flooding when there is excess rainfall causing the rivers and drainage systems to be overwhelmed.  
Flooding can happen at any time of year, very quickly and with little or no warning.
Councillor Maureen Bateson, Executive Member for Regeneration said: “This survey is one of the first steps in the Flood Watch project that aims to establish how prepared our residents are for floods.
“Hopefully the findings from the survey will give the Flood Watch team an idea of the amount of residents in the borough who they can educate about ways they can be more resilient to flooding”.
The survey can be found on the Flood Watch page of the Council website: www.blackburn.gov.uk/floodwatch