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Interactive Flood Maps Now Available

Effective engagement is at the heart of our project.

Across Harpers Brook and Wootton Brook, our aim is to increase flood resilience not only through the provision of natural flood management, but also by establishing community flood action groups and encouraging uptake of Property Flood Resilience measures.

Part of this is includes making sure that people fully understand their risk, so they can take effective local action to help themselves.

Working in partnership with HR Wallingford – the experts in how water moves, behaves and influences communities – we have used advanced modelling techniques to understand the interactions between surface water, urban drainage and river systems.

Using this data, we have created intelligent, interactive maps, which highlight flood risk hotspots across both catchments. This ensures that we are directing the right support and resilience methods to each community, plus offers transparency to all communities in Harpers Brook & Wootton Brook on their flood risk.

The great thing is, these maps are now available and, importantly, they are not just one-way information portals, but are open to community input – and this is where we need your help!

HELP US, TO HELP YOU:

We need your help to input information into our interactive maps! They are now available to anyone living or working in Harpers Brook and Wootton Brook to use.

We want you to populate the modelled maps with your knowledge of local floods that have happened – whether it’s been a one-off incident or has been a recurring issue.

On the map, you can plot any problem areas, add comments, highlight where floods have happened, and we can then use this information in our planning. Plus, the information can be factored into the development of a community flood plan for your area.

Your help and knowledge will be invaluable in creating your community’s flood plan – and we thank you for your time and input!

Harpers Brook Map: https://nfm.hrwallingford.com/main/rain-harpers
Wootton Brook Map: https://nfm.hrwallingford.com/main/rain-wootton

HOW CAN YOU ADD YOUR COMMENTS?

Step One:

Click on the Map link of the Catchment that is relevant to you. On opening the map, you will see the blue boundary of the Catchment area we are working within. It will look like this (Harpers Brook is used as the example in these pictures):

Step Two:

To identify the specific road that you want to find, go to the ‘layer’ icon on the left of the picture (highlighted in the red circle below), and click Open Street Map view. This will then change the view to include road names. You can then either search the map, or you can use the search function (magnifying glass icon, on the left) to find a specific address:

Step Three:

To add comments, press on the ‘quotation’ icon on the right hand side of the page. This will bring up the Comments text box, where you can add and submit your observations. As well as populating the information onto the map, the information will be sent directly to our project team:

For Any Help:

If you need any assistance, click the ‘I’ information icon on the right hand side of the screen (highlighted in red on the picture) and this will provide you with helpful tips on using the map:

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