Published: 14:00, 05 August 2014 |
Updated: 14:23, 05 August 2014
The Environment Agency has trained a brand new team of flood wardens in an attempt to coordinate responses to the risk of flooding.
The team, that is in partnership with Kent Fire and Rescue and KCC is made up of 42 wardens who have been drawn from local communities with the support of the local parish councils - many of whom were affected by flooding last winter.
The individuals will work together to act as a link between the EA and communities at risk, disseminating information to local people.
As part of the training, the wardens were talked through the work the EA does, how the flood warning Service works, and local flood risk in their community highlighting specific areas that are more susceptible for flooding.
Maidstone Borough, Tonbridge and Malling Borough and Sevenoaks District Councils have funded the equipment which the wardens will use.
Rob Wiles, senior resilience officer for the Kent Resilience Team, said: “The local knowledge that flood wardens can provide to us on the ground will greatly enhance our response capability”.
“The new team of flood wardens will enable us to improve the way we all work together to make communities more resilient to the risk of flooding" - Luke Thompson, EA
The flood wardens are working together with parish councils to discuss how they can operate within their communities and how they can work together during a flooding.
Luke Thompson, Environment Agency flood officer, said: “The new team of flood wardens will enable us to improve the way we all work together to make communities more resilient to the risk of flooding.
"The work they will do with communities will complement the Flood Warning Service we offer.
“How communities prepare and work together before, during and after flooding, make a real difference. Flood Wardens are vital to helping communities survive the effects of flooding.”
The wardens will cover Maidstone, Tonbridge, Edenbridge, Hildenborough, East Peckham, Collier Street, Boughton Monchelsea, Little Venice, Aylesford, and East Farleigh.
More volunteers are still needed in Tonbridge, Collier Street, Edenbridge and Aylesford.
If you are interested contact your parish councillor.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.