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Brendan Haigh Chair of Southwell Civic Society presenting the cheque to Rob Jordan, Co-Chair of Southwell Flood Forum, alongside Potwell Dyke

A group dedicated to preserving Southwell presented a cheque to a group that is trying to protect the town from future flooding

Southwell Civic Society presented £1,153 raised at its annual garden party to Southwell Flood Forum on 20th September

The money will go towards the community cost of providing flood mitigation measures for the town

Brendan Haigh, chairman of the Civic Society said the work the Flood Forum was doing in Southwell tied into the Civic Society’s aim to protect and preserve the town.

He said “If Southwell is to be repeatedly threatened with flooding then that inevitably will affect its character. To preserve the town means protecting it from threats such as further flooding.

The cheque presentation took place in Minster Fields, near to the Potwell Dyke which broke its banks when Southwell was seriously flooded in July 2013.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded when two months-worth of rain fell in the town in just 30 minutes.

Many people were unable to return to their homes for several months.

Southwell Flood Forum was founded following the incident to try to find a solution to the issues that led to the flooding.

The Forum is working alongside other agencies to implement flood mitigation measures.

Newark Advertiser – 25th September 2014