Our local MP Dr Ben Spencer has hosted Runnymede and Weybridge’s first ever flooding conference.
The event on 26 November brought together all levels of Government, with key note speech from the Flooding Minister Rebecca Pow, and contributions from a range of stakeholders including the Environment Agency, community flood groups and business and charity organisations who support flood resilience work.
We heard of the progress being made on the Surrey Flood Alleviation Scheme and of the ongoing work to ensure residents are protected and prepared should a flooding event occur.
Dr Ben Spencer said: "The Flood Conference heard amazing examples of the efforts of local residents to protect themselves and their neighbours from the risks of flooding. From early warnings, to practical advice on how to protect essentials and prioritise actions should flooding occur, it is clear many of our residents are also experts in flood resilience, borne out of necessity.
"It is vital we can not only share this experience and best practice across communities, but also be able to easily share information and advice from agencies responsible for flood resilience. I am therefore delighted all parties agreed to support the creation of a new Flood Groups Forum. My hope is this will lead to greater protection and support for residents, and a streamlined response should flood issues occur."
Thames Water were unfortunately unable to attend the conference, but Ben has written to them requesting a meeting to discuss how they plan to improve the quality of local waterways, as required under the new Environment Act 2021.
To find out if you are at risk you can visit the Environment Agency webpage here. Residents should also sign up for flood warnings for their area, which can provide vital information in times of flood risk.