Vital emergency training for parish council and community volunteers is taking place in Shaldon on Tuesday, April 12. The Environment Agency project team and parish councilors will train the flood wardens to operate the gates during periods of high tides or flood warnings.
This will enable the wardens to familiarise themselves with the procedures and equipment for the nine gates that form part of the village’s defences against flooding.
Operations delivery staff – who are the Environment Agency’s in-house workforce responsible for maintaining flood defences – will take part in the training in preparation for any incident.
The training will take place at Clipper Slipway and Shaldon Quay gates, Shaldon, at 4.45pm.
‘We have worked closely with the community during the design and construction of the scheme and we are very pleased that the parish council have agreed to operate the flood gates on our behalf,’ said Andy Hohl for the Environment Agency.
‘The smooth operation of the gates is essential to the flood defences and this is an excellent example of the Environment Agency and the local community working together to reduce the risk of flooding.’
The Shaldon and Ringmore £8.3 million tidal defence scheme is designed to provide flood protection to the homes and businesses of the villages.
Funding has been provided by Defra with approval for the scheme to proceed given by the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee.
The contractors for the scheme has scooped a Silver Award from the Considerate Constructor Association. This was for engaging with the community and minimising the impact of the works during construction.
‘It is also recognition for the hard work to develop the scheme with the community during appraisal and design which has allowed the successful construction,’ added Andy Hohl.
At the training session on Tuesday, the flood wardens will find out more about flood risk and what they can do to protect themselves and their villages from flooding.
Any owners of property within a flood risk area, can sign up for the Environment Agency’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service, which sends an automatic message by landline, mobile, email or fax to householders and businesses which have registered, telling them when flooding is imminent and what action they can take to protect themselves.
(from a press release)