Coronavirus has changed life as we know it for many over the last few months, but for many life had already changed significantly due to flooding.
Worcestershire was one of the worst affected counties during the flooding in Autumn and Winter.
Worcestershire County Council, the six district councils, the National Flood Forum (NFF), Severn Trent and the Environment Agency are really keen to ensure that those affected are receiving all the help and support they need.
All partners are therefore hosting a number of support sessions tailored to focus on a specific parts of Worcestershire. Spaces are still available for the sessions on the following dates:
Redditch & Bromsgrove
All areas of the districts Monday 15th June
All areas of the city Tuesday 16th June
All areas of the city Wednesday 17th June
River Severn and Powick Friday 19th June
River Severn and Powick Monday 22nd June
Tenbury and Teme Valley Friday 26th June
Anyone wishing to attend one of the sessions virtually needs to book a slot. This can be done by calling the National Flood Forum on 01299 403101. The NFF will then provide the joining details of the online sessions for each part of the county.
Residents and business owners will be able to speak to representatives from the NFF, many of whom have flooded in the past themselves, about their experiences and get advice about issues such as insurance and property re-instatement.
Also, representatives from the county council, the district councils, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent will be available at the sessions to help with a wide range of other flooding issues.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Tony Miller said: “We’re painfully aware that recovery from flooding is a long and often traumatic and stressful process and we planned to ask the NFF to tour the county with their community support trailer during April.
However, the Covid-19 lockdown prevented this from happening and, at the same time, added to the existing difficulties being faced by those who were flooded. Therefore, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with the NFF and our other partners to develop and roll out these support sessions and I urge anyone who flooded during the autumn and winter to join them, share their experiences and get the advice and support they need.”
Heather Shepherd, Community Support Manager and Flood Recovery Specialist for the National Flood Forum said: “Having been flooded myself I understand how traumatic it is. I know that the process of recovery is fraught with a number of stresses and pressures, which is why I would urge anyone who has any flood-related issues or questions to come and talk to us. We are here to help, offer advice, signpost you to the best sources of professional support and actively listen to your concerns.”
Dave Edwards, Partnership & Strategic Overview Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said: “We’re pleased to be able to work with partners to continue to engage with communities affected by the recent autumn and winter flooding.
These virtual support sessions for communities in Worcestershire are an excellent platform for us to engage with residents and business owners when we can’t easily meet in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. These sessions mean we can continue to work to protect the public and the environment.”
The National Flood Forum, a national charity which is based in Bewdley, has been commissioned by the Worcestershire councils, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent to use its considerable expertise and experience of working with flooded communities to run and host the online sessions.
Advice on flooding and resilience issues can also be sought at any time by contacting the National Flood Forum Helpline on 01299 403055 or visiting www.floodforum.org.uk