Flood Action For Buckingham (FA4B) has welcomed the launch of a public consultation into a draft flood plan for the whole county.
Bucks County Council is asking for feedback on the draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, which outlines what will be done between now and 2018 to manage the risks.
Roger Parkinson from FA4B said: “FA4B welcomes this initiative by the county council to co-ordinate such a plan to address flood risk across the county. All too often it’s the local people who have been flooded who know the likely causes.
“FA4B is active in helping residents in Buckingham increase their resilience to flooding, being the eyes and ears of local authority for drain and river blockages and providing local volunteer help for people who cannot move furniture or deploy their flood defences on their own.”
A flood awareness event organised by FA4B on September 29 was so successful that a bigger event is planned for next year.
About 50 people turned up to the meeting at the parish church, which will be the flood rescue centre in the event of future flooding, to hear about the Community Flood Plan from representatives of the environment agency and the National Flood Forum.
A dozen signed up as volunteers to help others in a future flood, and 35 people signed up to text, email and phone flood alerts.
Bucks Fire and Rescue turned up with rescue equipment and a boat.
There are 98 houses in Buckingham with flood defences, and a ‘dry run’ test of those in Victoria Row identified problems to be ironed out before they are needed in an emergency.
A display from the Advertiser archives showed the floods of 2007, 1998, 1979 and 1947, and FA4B received requests from local schools to talk about flooding in Buckingham.
For FA4B call Mr Parkinson on 01280 812265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
View and comment on the draft strategy until November 16 at www.buckscc.gov.uk/haveyoursay