Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Flooding News.

Phiala Mehring has experienced flooding and is heavily involved in flood risk alongside her day job.

She is PhD researcher at Reading University – her original research project was “Get your water out of my lounge: Understanding institutional constructions and public perceptions of flooding and flood risk management.”

She has done further extensive research on the human cost of flooding which BeneathTheWaterline-ThePersonalCostOfFlooding encapsulates.

Slide 6 is particularly relevant – how communities can empower themselves to reduce flood risk by using their extensive knowledge of local flooding mechanisms to help the flood risk management authorities take a holistic approach. This is how Southwell Flood Forum aims to be the ‘conduit’ between that community knowledge and the Lead Flood Authority, Nottinghamshire County Council.

Phiala’s Background

‘Floodie’ who helped form Lodden Valley Residents Association

Thames Regional Flood and Coast Committee member

Vice Chair of National Flood Forum

Steering group member of Loddon Catchment Partnership

Participating member of ESRC CASCADE-NET – Civil Agency, Society and Climate ADaptation to Weather Extremes.



The impact of flooding on communities – “Start the Week” Radio 4

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Radio 4 ‘Start the Week’ – Monday 9th December 2020 Flooding remains a risk in many parts of the country this winter. Andrew Marr explores the impact of water on communities. The engineer David Lerner argues for the extension of the policy of daylighting – opening up rivers covered over by the Victorians. He says… Read more »

Southwell Flood Alleviation Scheme is taking shape

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Report from Nottinghamshire County Council – November 2018 Vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, Councillor Phil Rostance tells how the £5m Flood Alleviation Scheme to transform Southwell’s flood defences is now gaining momentum We know that flooding devastates local communities. Southwell has of course suffered repeated, extensive flooding in recent years. Which… Read more »

National Flood Forum Bulletin – December 2017 – community input to National Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM)

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The Christmas message from National Flood Forum includes some key points we and other community groups made toward the Environment’s Agency scoping exercise to determine future strategy. It also includes a message from Bob Haddon, one of the finalists (like us) in the Flood Re Local Heroes Award Read the bulletin here December 2017 Bulletin

Southwell could gain £350,000 for flood work

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A grant of £350,000 could be given to Southwell over the next three years towards work to reduce the risk of flooding. Nottinghamshire County Council has applied for the money from the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. It was approved in principle by the finance sub-committee and will now go to the main Trent… Read more »