Flooding advice for Ashford villagers

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THE Environment Agency will be calling at properties in Ashford-in-the-water next week to give advice on flash flooding and how residents can prepare for flooding.

This will be followed by a drop-in session at Ashford War Memorial Institute later in the day on Tuesday, January 31.

The Environment Agency has recently undertaken a study to identify areas that are at risk of flash flooding. The study has shown that properties at Ashford-in-the-Water may be at risk from this type of flooding.

Homes and businesses at risk of flash flooding in this area are being visited by Environment Agency representatives between 2pm-4pm. Staff can be easily identified as they will be wearing Environment Agency branded high visibility jackets and carrying photographic identification.

The purpose of the visit will be to highlight the dangers of flash flooding, which can occur suddenly with little or no warning and to highlight how the Environment Agency can help communities and home owners prepare.

From 4.30pm–7pm, local residents are also invited to come along to the Ashford War Memorial Institute to learn more about flash flooding in the area. It will also be an opportunity to discuss other flood related matters with us.

Andrew Mitchell, Incident Management Technical Specialist said “It is important for residents to be aware of the differences between flash flooding and river flooding and how it will affect them. By being prepared, it could save time, money and heartache.

“Although we cannot give timely warnings for flash flooding, Floodline Warnings Direct will deliver warnings of river flooding by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message or fax, whichever you prefer. We hope as many people as possible will consider how they can prepare for flooding and sign up for free flood warnings.”

For further information about how to prepare for flooding and to find out if your home is at risk please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodmidlands or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.