Appeal for volunteers to be Wisbech Flood Wardens

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Emergency planners are seeking volunteers to help set up a new flood warden scheme in Wisbech.

The move follows last December’s tidal surge which caused the River Nene to come within a few inches of breaching the town’s flood defences.

David Vincent, Fenland District Council’s emergency planning officer, said: “We need to be well prepared. Flooding is a natural process and while it cannot be prevented, there are things we can do to be ready for such an event.”

Flood warden schemes consist of nominated volunteers who receive direct flood warnings from the Environment Agency and pass these on to their neighbours.Each flood warden will look after a certain area, and by working together with the local authority and the Environment Agency, will ensure their community is prepared for flooding.

Training will be provided by the district council, which will also help with a community flood plan. For more information call David Vincent on 01354 654321 or email