Hull launches community flood warning scheme

As part of the ten year anniversary of the 2007 floods, Hull City Council has created a new voluntary scheme for community flood wardens.

The council is urging local residents in Sutton to volunteer as flood wardens, who form a link between the authorities and communities at risk from flooding, as part of this scheme and engage with the flood team, Groundwork and the Environment Agency to find out how they can help their local community.

The training, provided by Groundwork, covers an introduction to emergency response, flood risk awareness guidance and personal protective equipment for community volunteers. It will also detail how the city is becoming more flood resilient, and how residents can take steps to protect themselves and their properties.

Councillor Mike Thompson said: “We are delighted to be able to launch this scheme, and are asking members of the local community to act as a channel of communication between their area and the Council’s flood team and the Environment Agency.

“Their role would predominately be around sharing information such as weather forecast and warnings with more vulnerable residents who may not have access to the internet. This is a great opportunity for local people to get involved with plans for the protecting the city, whilst finding out about the work that has been done since 2007.”