28th Sep, 2020

Your experience can help others cope with flooding

Rob George 2nd Mar, 2019

A WORCESTER flood campaigner has urged people to share their experiences of flooding and how to make changes to your home to protect against further instances for a new eBook.

Mary Dhonau OBE, chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign wants to hear from Worcester and Malvern residents for the book which provides examples of real-life flood resilience case studies.

Mary is a champion for community-based flood resilience and has become a prolific flood awareness and resilience campaigner.

Known affectionately as ‘Mary Queen of Floods’, she currently sits as a leader on one of the six Government task groups, as part of Defra’s Property Resilience Round Table, where members are working to deliver the findings of the Property Flood Resilience Action Plan report.

With Mary’s task group focusing on Community Innovation, an eBook is being published which will provide best practice examples of real people who have been impacted by flood and adapted their properties internally to make them resilient to future flood incidents.

“I look on flood risk management as a jigsaw puzzle, with lots of pieces working together to reduce risk,” said Mary.

“The bit I am concerned about is the bit in the middle; the person who gets flooded.

“We are often told to become more ‘flood resilient’, so in my quest to help communities across the country, I’m keen to find out what people have done to adapt their homes to reduce the future impact of a flood.

“Not just by trying to keep the water at bay, but by making positive changes to a property, so when people are flooded they can get back home sooner.”

Mary will travel across the country to areas that have been affected by flood and interview homeowners and business owners about the adaptations they have made.

“The stories will then be used to produce a free online resource that can be downloaded to help others.

“I know from first-hand experience just how appalling being flooded is, yet I think that the recovery from a flood is worse than being flooded itself,” she said.

“I’m keen to find out just what other people have done to cut down the amount of time they are out of their homes after being flooded.

“Whilst we cannot escape flooding, we can make living with the prospect easier.

“By sharing our ideas and real life examples of just what is possible, it will provide a great motivation to others living with the same concerns or risk.”

The Know Your Flood Risk Campaign, which is supported by Landmark Information Group, aims to raise awareness of the risk of flooding from all sources.

Visit the website at www.knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk/useful-links-contacts to contact Mary who will then contact interested participants to arrange a telephone interview.

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