Runnymede Borough Council will be holding a ‘market stall style’ event where residents and businesses can speak face to face with over 15 partner agencies about the recent floods and receive information on preventative steps to better protect themselves, their families and their homes/businesses in the future.
The Community Flood Fair event will take place on Tuesday 30 September at The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, TW18 3HD between 5.30pm and 9pm.
Organisations attending include Surrey County Council, Environment Agency, Thames Water, National Flood Forum and Surrey Police who will be on hand to answer any questions that attendees may have.
Runnymede’s Risk and Resilience Manager, Nick Moon said: “We experienced one of the wettest winters on record, leading to some severe flooding that had a devastating impact on residents and businesses in Runnymede. We are working with partners to put on this event so anyone affected can speak face to face with the relevant agencies, have their questions answered and voice their concerns. We would also like to better equip residents with information that can help if flooding reoccurs.”
Runnymede Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Turrell said: “Parts of the borough are susceptible to flooding therefore this is an essential event for anybody who could be affected in Runnymede.”
He continued: “Floods can have a severe effect on the community but working together, we can create a strategy whereby we are better prepared to handle a crisis in the future and minimise the damage caused.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to register their details on the day to receive information and tips that can be put into place immediately to help combat the effects of flooding.
For more information about the event please visit http://www.runnymede.gov.uk or for updates about the event follow @RunnymedeBC on Twitter.