The Environment Agency invites the residents of Buckingham to two virtual surgeries on Thursday, June 10 to discuss the flooding of winter 2020/21.
Anyone affected or concerned about winter flooding is invited to participate and share their experiences with Environment Agency officials.
The 2 sessions will take place at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and will include short presentations as well as a live question and answer session.
The 2 hour sessions will be hosted on Zoom and will include information on winter flooding, flood warning service, how rivers are maintained and operated, and what residents and the community can do to become more resilient. to flooding.
Tamsyn Ellway, Flood Resilience Advisor, said:
We cannot stop the flooding, but we are working to limit the impact of major rivers and we are helping communities prepare with our partners. These surgeries are a great opportunity for residents to share their concerns and discuss flood issues with the Environment Agency.
We want to understand the extent of the flooding in Buckingham, gather views and evidence for further investigation. Under normal circumstances, we would have collected this information in person, but we were unable to do so. Understanding local flood risk and taking appropriate action can help communities become more resilient to flooding.
To take part
Residents can join the Zoom session using this connect and entering the access code 072814.
Zoom is an online audio and web conferencing platform. If anyone needs help accessing Zoom, or has any questions regarding these virtual sessions, please email us at [email protected]
December 2020 floods
In December 2020, East Anglia received an unusually high amount of rain with a total average rainfall of 108 millimeters, or 195% of the monthly average.
Up to 55 millimeters of rain fell in less than 24 hours between 23 and 24 December 2020. Falling on an already wet watershed, these intense rains caused widespread flooding on the River Great Ouse, across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and parts of Suffolk.
The Environment Agency issued 27 flood alerts, 41 flood alerts and one severe flood alert between December 23 and 24. Over 30 communities have recorded property flooding resulting from either surface water or rivers, with at least 567 properties affected to some extent.
A flood warning was issued in Buckingham on December 23 on the Great Ouse River. At least 30 properties have been inundated as a result of a combination of rivers and surface water that inundated roads, rivers and ravines in the area.
What has happened since the floods?
The Environment Agency worked with flood-affected communities and its professional partners on the Local Resilience Forum (LRF), including police, fire and rescue services, local authorities and others to understand the extent of the flooding.
As part of a closer collaboration with a strengthened Flood Group for Buckingham, we will be able to discuss future needs and explain maintenance plans.
Sign up for flood warnings
Residents and businesses in flood-prone areas are encouraged to sign up for our flood warning service or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.