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Norton Flood Forum

Flood Old Malton 291112 1 (Environment Agency)

7:38am 4th February 2013

The views of Ryedale residents affected by flooding are needed at a special roadshow to be held in Norton-on-Derwent today.

The National Flood Forum (NFF) roadshow will be at the Asda supermarket car park on Norton Road, Norton-on-Derwent today from 12noon to 6pm.

The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding. 

It works to support the recovery of victims of flooding, to improve resilience of communities to future flood threat and speaks out to highlight the plight of flood victims and the need for adequate flood prevention investment.

They do this they say by:

  • Helping people to prepare for flooding in order to prevent it or mitigate its impacts
  • Helping people to recover their lives once they have been flooded
  • Campaigning on behalf of flood risk communities and working with government and agencies to ensure that they develop a community perspective.

Staff at the roadshow will be on hand to provide support for local people to ensure that the needs of flood risk communities are represented.

"The National Flood Forum is independent and understands the trauma people go through after flooding in their properties. At this event resident will be able to come and talk about how they feel, and what happened to them but also gain advice and information including insurance" said Heather Shepherd, Community and Recovery Support from The National Flood Forum.

Support for the roadshow has come from members of Silver Command including Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and the emergency services.

The roadshow will provide another way in which the community can feed into the multi-agency review of recent flooding events, say North Yorkshire County Council, who are leading the initiative. The review aims to gather evidence from the widest range of sources possible, so that future planning and investment can be focused in the right places, they add.

"The views of people who visit the roadshow are vital in ensuring that the multi-agencies can continue to work together for the benefit of the local community," said Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council. "I urge Ryedale residents to visit the roadshow today."

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