FLOOD EMERGENCY GROUP & ENVIRONMENT AGENCY APRIL 26th EVENT.
The Flood Emergency Group (FEG) was established as a working group comprised of Parish Councillors, co-opted individuals from the Village and representatives of the Environment Agency, BDBC, Hampshire County Council and Southern Water.
The intention was to develop a plan to deal with flooding incidents. Since 2014 the FEG has seen the length of the Bourne within the Parish surveyed with flood danger points identified and a schedule of works pinpointed ( a map can be consulted in the SMB Club Room).
An action 'pathway' spread sheet has been created denoting work on river clearance and other tasks that are required. The Group has even developed an early warning system based on monitoring levels in bore holes and wells so that actions can be triggered as potential flooding problems build.
In helping with this preparedness landowners, local companies, farmers and riparian owners have been generous with their time, energy and more besides.
It is no small investment in trying to help make us flood proof and, in fact to be completely free of flooding is an impossible task. All the same, there is much we can do.
The Environment Agency give us an excellent example of this, with their Flood Barrier Deployment Exercise on April 26th to which all in the Parish are invited. For the sake of this exercise and the convenience of the community, the Barrier will be installed on the SMB Recreation Ground though this is not the envisaged site in an emergency.
Although deployment begins early in the morning it is envisaged that 11am will be an ideal time for members of the village to come and see it.
Please come along if you can it's important for us all to be flood aware and flood ready.