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Flood fair to help residents be prepared

Published: Mon 4 March, 2019

A community event will help people in North West Leicestershire plan ahead to protect themselves and their homes against the threat of flooding.

A number of communities across the district have been affected by flooding over the past few years, including Breedon-on-the-Hill, Diseworth, Hemington, Whitwick and Measham.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has organised the upcoming Flood Fair to give people an opportunity to discuss their concerns with experts and get advice and tips on how to prevent themselves from falling victim to flood waters.

This drop-in event is open to all residents within North West Leicestershire and the surrounding districts who have previously been flooded or are concerned about potential future flooding. 

Flooding is rare but anyone who has suffered flooding will understand the psychological impacts as well as the practical destruction created. The drop-in event is designed to equip people with the knowledge of steps that can be taken to reduce threat to their homes or property.

Experts from the following organisations will be at the drop-in event:

  • The National Flood Forum
  • Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Prepared
  • Leicestershire County Council Flood Team
  • Breedon-on-the-Hill Flood Group
  • British Red Cross Emergency Response Volunteers.

It will take place at the Castle Donington Community Hub between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 16 March. 

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Portolio Holder for Community Safety at NWLDC said: “Flooding is rare but is something that has affected communities in North West Leicestershire in recent times and we understand is a concern for some. 

“The Flood Fair is a proactive way of helping people to prepare for the worst and giving them the knowledge required to reduce the potential for flooding and the destruction it can cause. 

“We know there are people in our communities that have been affected before or have concerns for the future, so this is your opportunity to come and chat to experts so that you can put measures in place to protect your family from flooding risks.”

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