Does the risk of flooding worry you? Have you previously been flooded?

The aim of the RAIN project is to deliver initiatives that can help to improve flood resilience in your local area. To understand the needs, worries and concerns of those who have either experienced flooding in the past or are at future risk, we encourage you to share your knowledge and experiences, to help us tailor our work.

Resident involvement is integral for the RAIN project. No one knows your home or your community better than you do. By collaborating with our flood risk experts, together we can help build a more resilient community to minimise future disruption.

The Catchments

The project will be working with communities within the boundaries of two river catchments: Harpers Brook in North Northamptonshire, and Wootton Brook in West Northamptonshire.

Wootton Brook Catchment

West Northamptonshire – Wootton Brook

Collingtree, Wootton, Hunsbury, Grange Park, Blisworth, Milton Malsor, Rothersthorpe, Gayton, Quinton, Courteenhall and Hackleton

Harpers Brook Catchment

North Northamptonshire – Harpers Brook

South Corby, Newton and Little Oakley, Rushton, Stanion, Brigstock, Sudborough and Lowick

Catchment Flood Risk History

Communities within the Wootton Brook and Harpers Brook catchments have a history of flooding from a variety of sources. This includes river, lake or stream flooding – also known as fluvial – to surface water and groundwater events. Most notably, since 2018 there have been two significant events:

27th May 2018

Significant surface water and ordinary watercourse flood (from streams, drains and ditches) event caused internal flooding to over 70 residential, non-residential buildings and community infrastructure assets throughout the Wootton Brook catchment.

23rd – 24th December 2020

Significant surface water on day one, followed by main river fluvial flooding on the second day, caused internal flooding to over 50 residential, non-residential buildings and community infrastructure assets along Harpers Brook and Wootton Brook.

Problems in the area

Due to the size of the catchments, the natural geography is very varied. As such, both the Wootton Brook and Harpers Brook catchments are at risk of variety of different flood-related hazards.

Through the Northamptonshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, a Prioritisation report was produced that considered both the current and immediate risks, in addition to future considerations when assessing climate change-related data.

The scientific analysis found that when collectively factoring in past, present and future flood risks, there is clear evidence to show an emerging pattern of concern and a need for action.

Our team of experts will be working closely with local communities to provide volunteer opportunities, training, and assistance in creating emergency flood plans. We will also hold events that offer guidance on property preparedness, resilience and recoverability, natural flood management and general emergency awareness.

We are taking a tailored and collaborative approach for each location: we understand everywhere is different and want to make sure that we engage with residents in a way that is helpful to them.

How to get involved

Have you previously flooded?

Please reach out to the RAIN team: we have begun meeting residents who have experienced flooding first-hand to learn what happened and the impact it had. These invaluable insights ensure that we can capture as much information as possible across both catchments to guide our project.

Volunteer opportunities

We are working closely with Emergency Planning teams to build resilient communities.

Volunteers play a vital role in emergency planning and provide important local knowledge during emergencies. We will build upon the role of flood wardens and train emergency volunteers. The training for this has not yet started so please register your interest by contacting the RAIN team.

How we can help you

We will work in partnership with residents and flood groups in each catchment to offer the support, guidance and advice that is needed to make your community more resilient. From providing training workshops, volunteering opportunities, to creating emergency flood plans, our team of flood resilience and recovery experts will be on hand to help. We will also bring the ‘Floodmobile’ property resilience demonstration vehicle to property preparedness and recoverability events, to let you see resilience measures first-hand. Natural flood management, on land in key locations, will also be explored in addition to general emergency preparedness.

This project runs until 2027, therefore we have the time to get to know the people who live and work within the catchments, and to truly understand the needs and wants of the communities at large.

We are taking a tailored approach; we know that every location is different and so we will be looking at each with an individual eye to make sure that the support, guidance and work we undertake will be appropriate for the flood risk of today, and in the future.

Are you a community group or parish council?

We are liaising with Parish Councils to gain more information about areas they serve, to understand the best ways to reach their residents and involve them in event planning. So far, we have had a great response and will be continuing to keep in touch to work on joint initiatives and events.

If you are part of a community group within our project areas, we want to speak with you. There may be opportunities to work together in spreading our flood resilience message, getting involved in events and building action groups.

Meet ‘Flood Mary’

Introducing Mary Long-Dhonau OBE – our Property Flood Resilience expert; a passionate and highly knowledgeable expert in flood awareness, preparedness, resilience and recovery. Having experienced flooding first hand, she is an ardent advocate of property-level flood resilience and has helped communities up and down the country, plan, prepare and recover from floods.

She has authored several guides and eBooks, and was awarded an OBE for Services to the Environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009, and an HonRICS, in recognition of her high profile for standing up for the public interest regarding flooding.


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