Stay flood aware

Published December 5, 2016 at 10:00

Blackburn with Darwen Council is supporting the Environment Agency’s Flood Aware campaign and advising residents to sign up for flood warnings to stay one step ahead and allow vital time to prepare.

A year on from Storm Desmond, one in six properties in England is at risk of flooding and this is expected to increase in future.

To sign up visit the GOV.UK website or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also check your flood risk and get advice and guidance here

Locally Blackburn with Darwen Council with The Environment Agency has been working on a £3.5m flood reduction scheme in Blackburn.

Work has been carried out to shore up defences along the river Blakewater between the Blackburn Youth Zone and the Ambulance Station of George Street West.

An animation has also been produced to advise people on the steps to take to prepare in case of flooding.

The “Flood safety: be prepared” animation has been produced by local artist and Blackburn College graduate Ryan Hammond in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council and The Environment Agency.

An animated character in the film is told that that, whilst flooding is a distressing and unwanted worry, if your home is at risk there are steps you can take to prepare.

View the animation here

Residents are also advised that the Council does not provide sandbags to residents or businesses due to them not being an effective method of flood prevention. While sandbags have previously been supplied in extreme cases, this will no longer happen as more effective ways are available for protecting homes and businesses from flooding – such as those outlined in the animation.

You can find flood advice and information by visiting www.blackburn.gov.uk and searching for ‘flooding’ or by visiting the National Flood Forum website. Flood Re also provides information on affordable and available flood-based home insurance. Visit their website here.

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