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Eco Day success at Corby’s Oakley Vale

On Friday 23rd February, the community of Oakley Vale gathered in the sunshine as part of a free Eco Day event. The aim was to create a micro or ‘Tiny Forest’ on Dunnock Road, which has been prone to waterlogging in the open green space when heavy rain is experienced.

We were joined by families, friends, the Oakley Vale Community Association, local rangers, councillors and the 7th Corby Kingswood and Oakley Vale Scout Group who all really enjoyed planting trees in the (rather muddy!) space.  Led by the grounds maintenance team of North Northants Council, and the RAIN Project, we collectively planted 760 saplings and trees in the area.

Forest School sessions were also held by our friends at Nene Rivers Trust, and hot food was available at lunchtime for everyone who took part.

During the afternoon, we headed to the Community Centre where families took part in building bug hotels, enjoyed our creative craft corner, and met with Mary Long-Dhonau – also known as Flood Mary – and Tris Baxter-Smith, to discuss property flood resilience, and natural flood management techniques.

The Eco Day was a fantastic success – the community really enjoyed working together to create the tiny forest, which will benefit all for years to come.  It not only promotes biodiversity but resilience against surface water flooding in the local community.

“Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting the planting of the Tiny Forest.  It was a tremendous community event and we all appreciated everyone’s help in bringing the project to life!”

Video: Sarah Parr from the RAIN Project

  

 

 

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Flood Recovery Guide

Recovering from a flood: a practical guide

Flood Awareness & Resilience champion, Mary Long-Dhonau OBE, has published a new Flood Recovery Guide – sponsored by ageas, which offers advice and guidance to help the victims of flooding through the initial stages of recovery.

Using the personal experiences of people unfortunately affected by flooding, as well as her own extensive knowledge, Mary has pulled together all the best practical advice possible, on what steps should be taken following a flood in your home or property. The information is presented in a clear and understandable format, designed to help everyone (whether insured or not) to cope and find a way forward.

The guide takes you through the initial hours and days following a flood, as well as the long-term recovery considerations. This includes installing Property Flood Resilience measures to lessen the impact of future floods and explains the extensive benefits of Flood Re’s Build Back Better scheme.

To download the new Flood Recovery Guide from Flood Mary, click here.

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Flood Mary Explains: Property Flood Resilience

Our Property Flood Resilience expert, Mary Long-Dhonau OBE was recently interviewed by the Environment Agency to learn more from her about ‘Property Flood Resilience’ – what it is, what measures are available, and how they help towards protecting your property from flooding.  Watch this 2-minute clip to learn more:

You can also follow the Environment Agency on Instagram to see this, and a selection of other Property Flood Resilience advice videos, which were released during Flood Action Week 2023: https://www.instagram.com/envagency/.

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Be Flood Ready!

Flood Awareness & Resilience champion, Mary Long-Dhonau OBE, offers advice on what you should do to be ‘flood ready’ ahead of any exceptionally wet weather events – such as Storm Babet, which arrived in the UK during October: 

“Having experienced flooding first-hand, I have created a handy pre-winter check-list, which offers some simple tips on the steps that can be taken to make sure you’re as prepared as possible as the weather turns wetter. While it is not an exhaustive list, it may help in thinking ahead before any floods occur.

Conduct a walk-about:

Every year, as the ‘rainy’ season approaches, I always take a walk around the outside of my house to make sure that all the brick work is in good order with no lose mortar. Flood water will find its way into any vulnerable gaps, such as a wobbly drainage pipe gap or around utility service wires, so check these.

I also make sure that any channel drains are cleared of fallen leaves and debris and also check any other drain that is located outside of my home has no blockages. Hard paving leaves floodwater nowhere to go, so if you do have it, perhaps think about removing a few slabs at regular intervals and planting a few water thirsty small shrubs in their place.

On top of this, I always make sure that gutters are free of any leaves that may have gathered during the autumn drop.

Finally familiarise yourself with how you turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies, in the event of a flood emergency.

Plan Ahead:

Firstly, I urge everyone to keep informed and sign up for the Environment Agency’s Flood Warning. The free service will send you flood warnings if your home or business in England is at risk of flooding: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings

Secondly, be prepared by creating a household plan so when the flood comes, you know exactly what to do. For example, think about the needs of children, babies, elderly and disabled living at home and your also your pets.

If you don’t store your documents in ‘the cloud’ make sure, computer data and photographs are backed up and stored safely. There will be some items that cannot be replaced: family photographs, sentimental pieces or children’s drawings – keep them somewhere where they will be safe – or move them in good time.

Also, consider where you can move your car so it isn’t affected by flood waters.

Create an emergency flood kit ‘grab bag’, containing emergency medication, torches, spare clothes, first aid kit, important documents, and also the means to keep warm.

Keep a list of useful telephone numbers (including your GP details, insurance claim line & policy number) to hand, and make sure they are also stored on your mobile phone.

A useful guide on how to create a household emergency plan is available to access for free here:

https://floodmary.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/preparing-a-household-emergency-plan.pdf

Check Your Cover

Do you know if you have the correct insurance cover in place? Check your buildings and contents or business policy with your insurance company to be certain. Take detailed photos of your property and contents now, before any flood occurs. And be sure to keep you policy details safe – whether in your emergency grab bag, but also on email or in the cloud.

Flood Resilience Measures

Have you ever considered how are can prevent water from entering your property? There is a wide array of property-level flood resilience products that can be used to help minimise the risk of flood water entering your home, or steps that can be taken so if water does enter, it is easier and quicker to dry out and repair.

Installing flood resilience measures will ultimately enable recovery to happen in just a matter of days instead of months, should a significant flood occur.

More information on what fully-tested, Kite-marked products are available in this free Householders Guide to Flood Resilience:

https://floodmary.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/HouseholdersGuidetoFloodResilience2023_ONLINE.pdf

Before a Flood Occurs

If you receive a warning that flooding is imminent, there are some immediate actions I recommend you take. The first is to empty your water butt; this will allow run off from your roof to go in there and not into the drains.

Secondly, move your car to higher ground if it is safe to do so and, finally, put your household flood plan into action.

Stay Safe During a Flood

During a flood remember the most important thing you can do during a flood is to stay safe. Always remember that:

  • Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over
  • Two feet of water will float your car
  • Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers
  • Do not walk or drive through flood water, as there will be many hidden hazards, the water may be too deep to drive through and you may well face an insurance claim for your car
  • Do not let children play in flood water as it can often be contaminated waters
  • Do not walk on sea defences or riverbanks
  • When water levels are high be aware that bridges may be dangerous to walk or drive over
  • Culverts are dangerous when flooded
  • Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees
  • Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it will be contaminated.

After a Flood

While you may be tempted to return to your home following a flood, wait until you have been told it is safe to do so by the emergency services. I would urge you to contact your insurance company as soon as possible; many have 24-hour help lines during a flood and should be able to support you.

I also recommend you do the following post- flood:

  • Take photos and a video of the damage, this includes the contents of fridge and freezer, with your mobile phone or buy a disposable camera
  • Mark a line on the wall as to where the water came up to
  • Wear gloves when touching anything that is wet as it may well be contaminated
  • Cut a piece of your carpet and save it for the loss adjuster and then try to remove carpets into the garden but do not throw it away. Carpets hold water into the property and wet heavy items inhibit the drying process
  • Once carpets are outside, try to keep your windows and doors open to aid ventilation but remember to lock-up every time you leave to avoid any unscrupulous thieves from taking advantage

I’ve written a guide on Flood Recovery, which is available to view here:

https://floodmary.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/homeowners-guide-to-flood-recovery.pdf

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Case Study: Ian Matts, Northants Farmer

A major element of the RAIN project is to work across the Harpers Brook and Wootton Brook catchments to consider where Natural Flood Management techniques could be used to help ‘slow the flow’ of flood waters downstream.  We’re working with farmers and landowners across the area to discuss options.

As part of this, we will be trialling Landscape Enterprise Networks (LENs), which is an innovative funding mechanism for nature-based solutions.  We thought it would be useful to share the following case study of Northants farmer, Ian Matts, who has benefited from LENs to show how it works:

CASE STUDY: Ian Matts

Northamptonshire farmer Ian Matts has been involved in the Landscape Enterprise Network (LENs) in the East of England since 2021. This regional LENs offers funding from public and private organisations in the Northamptonshire area including West Northamptonshire Council, Nestlé Cereal Partners, and Anglian Water. Measures are co-funded with the aim to build supply chain resilience, reduce flood risk and improve biodiversity.

In 2021 Ian received funding for the implementation of sustainable farming practices such as including grain legumes in arable rotation; autumn sown cover crops and reduced cultivation systems. Ian also made use of the innovation measure to gain funding for N sensor rental for precision fertiliser application.

Following his first successful year in the programme, Ian added to his catalogue of measures in 2022 by establishing cover crops in the autumn; year-long fallow with cover crops; incorporated a urease inhibitor with urea fertiliser and integrated fertiliser and manure nutrient supply.

Ian’s involvement is aimed at improving water quality and biodiversity as well as carbon reductions on his farm. Ian likes the LENs model as he explains: “the 1-year measures offer the flexibility to trial different on-farm policies, without locking up land. LENs de-risks innovation so that I can try using new techniques to address agronomic problems.”

Ian has applied for additional measures this year, in 2023.

Northants farmer Ian Matts discusses how he has benefitted from LENs
Northants farmer Ian Matts discusses how he has benefitted from LENs

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Received a Letter? Sign-up for a Free PFR Survey

If you live in the Wootton Brook or Harpers Brook areas of Northamptonshire and have received a letter from the RAIN project which looks like the example shown below, your property has been deemed eligible for a free Property Flood Resilience survey.

We have commissioned independent flood risk surveyors JBA Consulting to carry out these initial individual property surveys – to book an appointment or ask any questions call the JBA hotline on 01925 347969, or email JBA Consulting directly at plp@jbaconsulting.co.uk, quoting the unique reference at the top of your letter.

The climate is changing and so is the potential for future flooding; we therefore urge you to sign-up for the survey to assess your flood risk.

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