People in Burton can find out more about how they can better prepare for flooding and protect their properties at a town centre event this Friday (April 20).
Burton’s Market Square will hold the Floods Happen awareness event from 10am to 2pm, where representatives from the county council, Environment Agency, civil contingencies unit and the National Flood Forum will be on hand to offer advice.
In Burton 11,691 properties are located in a flood risk area but only 742 (6.35 per cent) of these are signed up to the Flood Warning Service.
Anyone can sign up to receive free flood warnings at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
Defences along the River Trent protect the town, but surface water and other flooding can still cause big problems.
The Floods Happen campaign aims to ensure people protect themselves by being better prepared for floods and how to act in the event of a flooding incident.
In 2019, the Environment Agency will begin extensive work to improve the flood defences in Burton along a 3.7km stretch to Branston.
Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:
Flooding is unfortunately a problem which can hit parts of Staffordshire quite hard and so it is important that we are as prepared as we can be and know how to act.
The Floods Happen campaign is a combined effort by the county council, Environment Agency, civil contingencies unit and National Flood Forum. Friday’s event will enable people to familiarise themselves with the actions they need to take to protect themselves and their properties in the event of a flood.
This is about making Staffordshire a safer place and the campaign will be rolled out to other areas affected by floods afterwards.”