More flood wardens needed in Pont area

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The Environment Agency is calling on people in the Ponteland area to volunteer as flood wardens.

They act as a link between the Environment Agency and communities at risk and their role includes getting vital information out to local residents.

At the River Pont in Ponteland there are 520 properties in the flood warning service area, with 69 per cent of people living there signed up to receive free flood warnings.

And at the River Pont at Darras Hall, Kirkley Mill and Prestwick Carr, there are 57 properties in the flood warning service area – with 33 per cent of people living there signed up.

Colin Hall, the Environment Agency’s flood community engagement officer for Northumberland, is working with Ponteland Town Council.

He said: “Being flooded is absolutely devastating and flood wardens play a vital role in supporting their community before, during and after a food event.

“It includes things such as checking water levels, reporting blockages in the river and monitoring weather forecasts to be a step ahead of a flood.”

For more information, or to volunteer, call 020 77140547 or email Colin.Hall@environment-agency.gov.uk and go to floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk for flood warnings details.