Residents offered valuable flooding advice

Recent flooding by Riverside Business Centre in Shoreham SUS-150220-134021003

Recent flooding by Riverside Business Centre in Shoreham SUS-150220-134021003

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SHOREHAM residents at risk from flooding will be offered a wealth of advice and information at a special event.

Adur Floodwatch Group and the Shoreham Society have made a successful bid to West Sussex County Council’s Operation Watershed fund, receiving almost £1,200 to put on the session, called The Flood-wise Home.

The grant follows the floodwatch group’s first successful bid, which was targeted at the Lancing area. This time, they have teamed up with the society to focus on Shoreham.

Gerard Rosenberg, chairman of the Shoreham Society, said: “We were delighted to be invited to join Adur Floodwatch because we too had recognised the vulnerability of the community when a drainage issue develops.

“Who do they call for help? What can they do to help themselves? So, with floodwatch, we decided to bid for this event, which is free for the community to attend.”

Presentations will explain what causes drainage issues in the town, how a householder or business can create primary protection for their property and how to communicate with the relevant authorities should a situation arise.

We were delighted to be invited to join Adur Floodwatch because we too had recognised the vulnerability of the community when a drainage issue develops

Gerard Rosenberg, chairman of the Shoreham Society

A key element will be information on the Environment Agency’s £26million Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls project, to enhance river defences, and how it will benefit the community.

The Flood-Wise Home takes place at the Ropetackle Arts Centre on Saturday, April 25, from 2pm to 4pm.

Adur Floodwatch Group was formed by residents associations, to give local people a voice and speak for the community following the many drainage issues experienced in the last two years.

Mike Glennon, county councillor for the Lancing division, said: “I am delighted that county have embraced this second event and have approved the bid.

“Once again, it is tremendous to see the community helping itself. Colleague councillors and myself once again look forward to supporting this well conceived and very relevant activity.”