At risk of flooding? Bid for help from Northamptonshire County Council

Communities affected by flooding are being invited to apply for help from Northamptonshire County Council

Communities affected by flooding are being invited to apply for help from Northamptonshire County Council

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Communities suffering from flooding are being given the chance to bid for help from Northamptonshire County Council.

Areas at risk could secure preventative measures to help reduce the likelihood of surface water flooding as part of a three-year project to help up to 30 communities

Successful applicants would need to identify community members who can be flood wardens and someone who will be the main point of contact for their area.

In return, they would then benefit from a flood survey, which would be undertaken by civil engineers and support in developing community action plans and longer-term solutions, which may involve purchasing equipment.

The money for the initiative, known as Pathfinder II, has been made available from the government and follows on from the initial Pathfinder scheme, which was launched two years ago.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Being a victim of flooding is an extremely upsetting experience and can be very disruptive for a long time after the event.

“What’s great about the Pathfinder scheme is that flood prevention measures are tailor-made for the individual communities by mixing historical experience with information from a professional survey.

“Quite often it is some very basic measures that are needed to make a significant difference, so any communities that think they could benefit should really apply.”

Any community can apply, with the scheme aimed at geographical areas. These can be villages, residents’ groups, industrial estates or a group of town centre businesses.

To apply go to the Flood Toolkit website www.floodtoolkit.com