Flood victims from three North West Leicestershire villages are being encouraged to share their experiences with flood agencies this week.
Residents in Whitwick, Thringstone and Breedon on the Hill who were affected by flooding in June, or who are worried about future impacts, are invited to attend specialist flood recovery surgeries to discuss their concerns.
The two partnership events are being run by Leicestershire County Council alongside partners including the Environment Agency, North West Leicestershire District Council, Severn Trent Water, LLR Prepared and the National Flood Forum.
The flood recovery surgeries will be:
- Friday, 5 August 4pm-8pm, Thringstone Members’ Club, Loughborough Road, Thringstone
- Saturday, 6 August, 9am-12pm, Breedon Priory Golf Centre, Green Lane, Wilson, DE73 8LG
Residents in Whitwick and Thringstone were hit hard by flooding in June, with many areas seeing a months’ rainfall in just one day.
We’ve heard from a lot of residents in the villages who were affected, but we know there will be some people who won’t have contacted us about the impacts to them. This event is an opportunity for people to ask questions, learn more about the responsibilities of different agencies and to share their experiences with us.Person:Councillor Peter Osborne, cabinet member for flooding
The drop-in events will include representatives from all agencies, including the National Flood Forum – an independent charity that specialises in helping communities to recover from flooding.
Emily Hutchinson from the National Flood Forum said: “After the flood waters recede people are left with a lot of significant decisions to make. It’s a stressful and emotional time which can make the challenge of reinstating a property even tougher.
“At the National Flood Forum we can offer independent advice and support across a range of issues that people face after a flood. Whether it’s problems with insurance, the process of drying out, reinstating buildings, or quite simply the opportunity to talk about what happened, we are on hand to listen and help.”
David Gill from the Whitwick & Thringstone Flood Action Group said: “We have been working with the National Flood Forum for several months and we’re pleased to have them on board for this event along with the other agencies and the local authority. The recent flooding has been particularly difficult and remains stressful as people try to rebuild their lives and get back to some sense of normality. We would encourage as many people as possible to attend to seek support and discuss what happened to them with the relevant parties.”
The Environment Agency will be on hand to answer any questions and concerns at the Thringstone drop-in session, as areas of Whitwick saw impacts from river flooding in June.
Paul Lockhart, Area Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said: “We urge any residents affected by, or concerned about, flooding to come along to the drop-in sessions to find out more about flooding and talk to our staff. We will be in attendance at the Thringstone event to discuss any concerns that residents may have.”
Residents attending the event will have access to practical advice, including information on insurance and recovering items, as well as ways to reduce the risk of future flooding and how to limit its impact.
For more information on the event email email@example.com or call 0116 305 0001.
Anyone looking for flooding advice and support should call the National Flood Forum’s advice line on 01299 403055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.