Action stations for test

FLOOD wardens will put their action plans to the test in a table-top exercise this weekend.

The Morpeth volunteers will work alongside professional agencies to play out a flooding scenario that will test their arrangements and identify any necessary improvements.The team has divided the flood warning zones in Morpeth into eight areas, with each having a lead warden to feed into a single point of contact, who will in turn liaise with the various agencies.

Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police, the Environment Agency, the National Flood Forum and the WRVS are all supporting the event, which has been prompted by the national Exercise Watermark.

Morpeth Flood Action Group Chairman Alan Bell, who is one of the wardens, said: “This exercise will be a test of how well prepared the wardens are should there be an actual event.

“We hope to build on the experience and identify any shortcomings in the plan so that they can be integrated into the county Flood Action Plan, with the aim of ensuring the safety of Morpeth residents.”

The exercise takes place on Saturday.