THE dangers of flooding will be highlighted over the next week with a series of workshops and displays.
Residents from Stony Stratford, who have suffered from flooding of their homes in recent years, have had special preventative measures installed, including pumps installed in the floor, as well as special flood defence ‘door’ covers which slot in easily over an external door, to provide a very quickly installed water resistant barrier.
A flood protection display is one of several events planned for the local version of Exercise Watermark, a government led National Exercise to highlight the dangers of coastal, river and reservoir flooding.
On Saturday, between 11am and midday, these preventative measures will be on display to other residents so they can view some of the flood protection solutions.
On Monday March 7, the council, police and other partners will set up a simulated emergency planning exercise based on a flooding scenario for Newport Pagnell.
On Wednesday March 9, emergency planning staff will join colleagues from around the region to take part in a ‘table top’ exercise, a simulation of the effects and aftermath of reservoir flooding.
Another exercise, with more local emphasis, will be held the next day in the village hall at Stoke Goldington – itself affected by severe flooding following heavy rainfall. From 1.30pm until 3.30pm the hall will act as an emergency rest centre, with residents in ‘role play’ as people are evacuated from their homes.
Cllr Vanessa McPake, Milton Keynes Council Cabinet member responsible for Emergency Planning, for flood and water issues, said: “These exercises are useful for if the real thing happens and everyone always learns valuable lessons. For example, the emergency rest centre exercise will show how closely we need to work with the community – after all they are the ones most affected.
“Over the past couple of years the council has worked hard to ensure we’ve had additional measures put in across the borough to prevent flooding.”