Floodmobile Event in Sutton

Published: 07 February 2022

Residents of Sutton and the surrounding areas are being invited to a special Property Flood Resilience Day event on Thursday 17 February.

A roadshow of events is being hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council, offering expert advice to households and businesses in areas which have previously experienced flooding. Previous venues including Alconbury Weston, St Neots and St Ives.

A special 'Floodmobile' vehicle, which contains samples of over 50 practical flood protection measures, will be on site for visitors to explore.

With people living in the Sutton area experiencing flooding within recent years, the event is an opportunity for people to come and learn what can be done to help make their properties resilient against flooding.

The event is taking place on Thursday 17 February, at Brooklands Centre car park/The Brook, Sutton, Ely, CB6 2QQ.

Councillor Lorna Dupré, Chair of the Environment and Green Investment Committee, Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Many areas of our region are unfortunately at increased risk of flooding due to climate change and projected increases in extreme rainfall.

"Our series of Property Flood Resilience Days are an opportunity to talk to flood resilience experts and learn what we can do as individuals and communities to make our properties more flood resilient. The events are free and I would urge local residents to please come and join us.”

Renowned flood resilience expert, Mary Dhonau OBE, will talk to visitors and offer advice, alongside Fola Ogunyoye CEng CWEM FCIWEM, Director of TJAY Consultancy Ltd who has more than 30 years’ of expertise in providing flood risk, water and environmental management consultancy services. They will be joined by Matt Tandy, Principal Engineer at infrastructure consultancy, AECOM.

The Property Flood Resilience events are part of the Community Flood Action Programme (CFAP), which was set up in April 2021 by Cambridgeshire County Council, following severe flooding in December 2020 and the increasing risk of flooding posed by climate change. Since then, council officers have worked with communities to develop and train flood groups and build local resilience.

The council has committed to invest £75,000 to ensure that the scheme can continue for 2022/23 and build on the positive work already achieved. It is hoped that the scheme can continue beyond next year.

To discuss the potential of running a Property Flood Resilience Day event in your area, please email the Community Flood Action Programme team: CFAP@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

For more information on Cambridgeshire County Council’s flood risk management, visit https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/business/planning-and-development/flood-andwater/flood-risk-management