Presentation on theme: "Northamptonshire Community Resilience Pathfinder Project September 2014 Josie Bateman – Flood and Water Manager."— Presentation transcript:
Northamptonshire Community Resilience Pathfinder Project September 2014 Josie Bateman – Flood and Water Manager
Northamptonshire Context Two-tier County Ten neighbouring LLFAs Seven District Authorities Three water companies Four RFCC One IDB
Nature of Flood Risk in Northamptonshire Extremely varied and widespread risk Significantly affected in the Easter 1998 floods Sources of recent flooding: -Surface Water -Agricultural Runoff -Ordinary Watercourses -Groundwater -Main River
Data captured since January 2011 Collated from a wide variety of sources Updated instantly The Widespread Risk.........
Northamptonshire Pathfinder Project One of only thirteen local authorities to secure Defra funding To establish Pathfinder Projects aimed at supporting communities “to help themselves” in tackling the risk of flooding The County Council secured £300,000. This two year project ends in April 2015 Evaluation is an essential part of the project Legacy is the key requirement
Pathfinder Vision and Objectives Vision For Communities in Northamptonshire to actively improve their flood resilience. Objectives To identify important information, activities and tools that will assist communities in achieving flood resilience – ‘helping them to help themselves’.
Pathfinder Aims To create, pilot, evaluate and promote an online toolkit which facilitates community-led improvements in resilience and preparedness. To encourage and provide 15 pilot communities at risk of flooding with the tools to ‘help themselves’.
What tools are available? Community Flood Risk Reports Community Flood Risk and Mitigation Investigations Community Rain Gauge Warning Systems School Education Resources Community Flood Stores Property Level Protection Surveys Community Emergency Plans Community Flood Forums/Wardens
School Education Resources Provides educational materials and activities for primary aged children - targets year 6 Explores extreme weather and flooding - how to respond in an emergency and how to help reduce flooding Links to the curriculum Available to all on the online toolkit Promotes schools to undertake their own flood resilience measures: saving rain water, rain gardens, tree planting etc. Legacy – through Anglian Water/Environment Agency
Community Flood Stores Purchase equipment - £3k Used by communities during heavy rainfall/ potential flood events To mitigate and reduce impacts To clean up after a flood Empowering a community response Store contents will be made available through the online-toolkit
Community Emergency Plans Support communities in their desire to write a community emergency plan Ownership/responsibilities Vulnerable areas/people Communities encouraged to record their learning – what works well and what doesn't
Lessons Learnt Each community is different – not interested unless directly affected by flooding Advertise awareness events far and wide General lack of understanding of the different types of flood risk Key questions that need answering: –Who’s responsible for maintenance ?, Who’s responsible for flooding ?, How do I report flooding? How is this development going to affect my flood risk? Single point of contact for each community On-the-ground survey timings PLP surveys not popular – what are the catches? Educating children ensures the next generation are flood aware - the messages do get taken home