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Spreading the flood resilience message

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

A team of flood engagement officers has worked with more than 60 schools and 700 businesses during the first year in post to help communities be more resilient to flooding in the North East.

The Environment Agency appointed the new team to increase awareness of flood risk and help people be prepared for flooding.

The £280,000 a year project, which started last summer, includes four new engagement officers spread across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Darlington and Cleveland.

Funded by the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for four years, the officers are working alongside partner organisations to help support communities.

Colin Hall has been working with many communities across Northumberland.

In Ponteland in particular, he has been working hard to increase flood resilience – including completing a Flood Week in Ponteland Primary School, campaigning for new flood wardens, progressing a community flood plan and establishing a flood warden group.

Phil Taylor, Environment Agency flood resilience team leader in the North East, said: “This is a foundation that the flood engagement officers will build on going forward.”