Council invites residents to attend online Flood Forum

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Carlton High Street (Bridgend), Christmas Floods 2020
Carlton was amongst the North Bedfordshire villages flooded over the 2020 Christmas weekend. Image: Clare Mullarky

As part of Bedfordshire Flood Preparedness Week, Bedford Borough Council is hosting an online ‘Flood Forum’ to advise residents how to stay safe during flooding.

The event will take place on Tuesday 23 November at 7pm, and anyone whose home or business could be affected by flooding is encouraged to attend.

Throughout Flood Preparedness Week, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, alongside other organisations including Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue will be sharing advice to help people get prepared for and stay safe during flooding.

The aim of the Flood Forum on 23 November is to review the flooding from December 2020, update on the work that has been undertaken during 2021 and follows recent approval by the Council’s Executive of the Lead Local Flood Authority Investigation Report.

The Forum is also an opportunity for local communities to find out more about flooding and flood risk.

Since the floods of last Christmas, the Council has been working with affected local communities to set up additional flood groups which played such as vital role last year, helping these communities to become more resilient for future floods.

The Council also works with landowners to ensure they are aware of their responsibility for the riverside.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Bedford Borough Appointee for the Regional Flood & Coastal Committee said: “I will be chairing this Flood Forum, and I hope this will be a helpful and educational experience, providing people the opportunity to hear about what has been happening since last Christmas.

“If you would like to take part in this Forum, please email floodrisk@bedford.gov.uk to be registered and the online meeting link via MS Teams will be sent to you.

“If you cannot attend the forum on 23 November there will be further opportunities to attend future forums to be scheduled during 2022.”

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