Flood response is put to the test in Shoreham

S46513H12 ''The Environment Agency flooding exercise on Shoreham Beach
S46513H12 ''The Environment Agency flooding exercise on Shoreham Beach

esidents were given a unique insight into how the emergency services respond to a major flooding incident during an exercise on Shoreham Beach.

The Environment Agency organised the flood barrier deployment exercise, named Exercise Diluvium, in West Beach Road car park.

“The only way we are going to manage widespread flooding is to work in partnership and this gave us a great opportunity to test our equipment,” explained flood resilience adviser Dave Bonner.

“It was brilliant. We were very pleased. It was a great opportunity for us to work with our partners.

“We created a bung and filled it with water. That is the only way we can simulate a flood. We have a number of different flood protection products and this was a chance to test them.”

Equipment used for the exercise included 50m of various demountable flood defence systems, a Big Bag flood protection system, sand bag filling machine and sand, welfare unit, incident command unit, signage and pumps.

New welfare and communications equipment used during the exercise was filmed throughout to allow the Environment Agency and the fire service to evaluate the response and make improvements.

See the Shoreham Herald (November 15 edition) for the full story.