Facebook to link communities affected by flooding

A NEW support network for those affected by and at risk of flooding has been created on Facebook.

Flood Group UK is a new page to help communities at risk of flooding to support each other. The group is being launched today by government organisations and flood forums from across the UK.

With just over 300,000 properties in Lincolnshire and the East of England at risk of flooding, it is important that individuals and communities take steps to prepare themselves for flooding as winter approaches.

Flood Group UK enables communities to share information, experiences and advice about flooding. It also contains a flood directory with information on how to find out if you are at risk of flooding, how to sign up for free flood warnings and what simple steps you can take to protect your property.

This initiative is being overseen by the Environment Agency and is supported by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), the Rivers Agency of Northern Ireland, the National Flood Forum, the Scottish Flood Forum and the Cockermouth Flood Action Group.

Phil Rothwell, Head of Flood Strategy at the Environment Agency said: “Floods can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and many months of heartache and disruption.

“This damage can be dramatically reduced when a community comes together to prepare for flooding by keeping people up to date with latest in warnings or flood protection products, sharing experiences or by helping to make small changes to homes to reduce the impact of flooding.

“We hope that Flood Group UK becomes a vibrant and active virtual community linking people with experience or knowledge of flooding. You may not have been flooded for ages but in areas at risk of flooding, a flood can be just around the corner.”

Heather Shepherd, Flood Community and Recovery Support Specialist from the National Flood Forum, said: “Sharing ideas, experiences and information amongst communities that have either suffered flooding, or are at risk of flooding, can help enormously.

“It’s helpful to know how other communities and individuals have worked to reduce their flood risk and planned to lessen the impact should they be unfortunate enough to suffer a flood.”

Flood Group UK can be found at www.facebook.com/floodgroupuk