Winter flooding preparations

Wiltshire Council is reminding people in areas at risk of flooding to ensure they’re prepared this winter, given the recent significant rainfall and indications of a milder, wetter month ahead.

Properties near rivers and other water courses may be at risk from rising water levels, while some areas, such as Salisbury Plain and Cranbourne Chase, are at risk of groundwater flooding.

Unlike river flooding, groundwater flooding doesn’t usually pose a risk to life, but it can damage property and make access to properties challenging for a prolonged period, so it’s important that people are prepared.

To help mitigate the impact of flooding in Wiltshire, Wiltshire Council works closely with the Environment Agency, water companies, and town and parish councils through its network of flood wardens to ensure communities are as resilient as possible, and to help them prepare effectively.

Flood wardens create and maintain a parish’s flood plans, listing areas of high risk within the parish, and can access flood prevention equipment such as sandbags and pumps to support their local community.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, Street Scene and Flooding, said: “We have had a significant rainfall already this winter, and further prolonged periods of heavy rainfall may see the Environment Agency issue river or groundwater flood alerts across the county.

“So it is vitally important that people are prepared and that they know what to do in the event of a flood. People should ensure they are signed up for Environment Agency flood alerts, and they can report any flooding incidents or weather emergencies to us through our MyWilts app or website.

“We are committed to creating more resilient communities, as set out in our Business Plan, and we recently held training sessions with our volunteer flood wardens and work closely with parish councils to ensure they are ready to act with access to emergency equipment.”

To find your parish’s flood plan, search your parish council’s website; or sign up for flood alerts.


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