Residents updated on Warwickshire flood strategy at Stratford event

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The Warwickshire Flood Summit, held to inform residents of the ongoing work to fight flooding in the county, was held in Stratford-on-Avon on 1 April.

Warwickshire County Council organised the event, which featured the Environment Agency (EA), Severn Trent Water and the National Flood Forum. The county’s residents were updated on all the work currently in progress both to prevent and mitigate flooding in Warwickshire.

The Flood Summit was held in two separate locations: both at Stratford ArtHouse, where residents could speak to the various partner agencies at their stalls, and by the waterside in the town centre. Attendees were invited to watch demonstrations of the latest flood defence equipment used by the emergency services, including: an EA flood defence barrier, EA emergency response vehicle and a Warwickshire Fire and Rescue boat.

A question and answer session was also held at Stratford ArtHouse and saw residents really engaging with the panel. Questions were asked on a range of topics such as planning measures – in particular what is being doing to mitigate the flood risk to new developments – and natural flood management.

Over 90 people attended the event, with more viewing the demonstrations down by the waterside.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire County Council said:

“The flood summit went really well. We had lots of engagement from residents who were keen to take part in the Q&A section.

“Questions were asked about planning and natural flood management showing that Warwickshire residents were really clued up about the issues.”