Please find below a selection of useful links and documents.

Useful Links

Community Resilience

Southwell Community Resilience Handbook

Northamptonshire County Council Flood Toolkit – Building a resilient community

Flooding: Health Guidance and advice – includes Public Health England advice for the public – planning before a flood, what to do during a flood, recovering and cleaning up; mental health following floods and cleaning up safely

National Flood Forum – Preparing for Flood

What to do in a flood – guidance from an insurance company

Northamptonshire County Council Flood Toolkit – Building a resilient community

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Insurance Information

If you are having problems with insurance and would like to talk to a local expert for support, please let us know and we can put you in touch with a local insurance expert very kindly giving pro bono support.

The National Flood Forum welcomes phone calls from individuals including insurance-related enquiries.

Flood Re – News of launch in April 2016

Flood Re – see their website for links to further information. Flood Re exists to promote the availability and affordability of flood insurance

Flood Re – EFRA committee discussion – The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee hears from Flood Re and the insurance industry on the affordability and availability of insurance for customers in flood risk areas and the impact of the government-backed Flood Re reinsurance scheme.

Environment Agency -Insurance Related Requests (IRR) can be requested from the Environment Agency by contacting the National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506 506 or emailing the local customers and engagement team on DNLenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk.

An IRR for flood likelihood information is any request for information received by the EA in relation to insurance at an individual property/site or location. They provide a response that confirms the same information that is provided to insurance companies. It uses their National Flood Risk data to define the level of risk on site

Consultation on the implementing regulations for the Flood Re insurance Scheme – Read the National Flood Forum’s response

British Insurance Brokers’ Association – to find a local broker who will help find a flood-friendly insurer. – http://www.biba.org.uk

Moneybox podcast – Mary Dhonau of Flood Protection Agency being interviewed on insurance matters relating to flooding

Listen to the podcast

RICS guide to flooding – Download their guide here…

Also visit ‘Making your home more flood resilient – see below

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Looking after Southwell

Severn Trent Water – looking after our sewers

Severn Trent Water – How to help keep the drainage system work more effectively

Whose responsibility is it_ – Who do you contact for issues and concerns around flooding?

Nottinghamshire County Council: Report a blocked drain – online or by phone.

Newark &  Sherwood District Council: Report fly-tipping

 

Nottinghamshire County Council – Lead Flood Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council – Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment 

Nottinghamshire County Council – Nottinghamshire Local Flood Risk Strategy 2015-2021

Nottinghamshire County Council – Preparing for a flood

Nottinghamshire County Council: Have you been affected by flooding?

 

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council: Southwell Parish Flood Map

Newark & Sherwood District Council: Flood Prevention

Newark & Sherwood District Council: Sandbags

Newark & Sherwood District Council: Flood Warnings

 

Environment Agency

Responsibilities include Environment Risk Management (includes quality of watercourses – sediment, chemicals etc), Flooding and Coastal change, working with climate change

National Assessment of Flood Risk

Live Flood Warning Map – The Environment Agency

Environment Agency: Make a Personal Flood Plan

Environment Agency – Preparing your business for flooding

Business Emergency Resilience Group – Prepare your business emergency plan

Useful information on EA flood risk maps

Types of flooding

DEFRA

DEFRA – Flood risk management: information for flood risk management authorities, asset owners and local authorities.

DEFRA and Environment Agency – Channel Management handbook for Flood Risk Management

 

Natural Flood Management

The Woodland Trust – Flood Risk and trees. Trees and woodland can help water management, reduce localised flooding and alleviate the effects of larger floods in a variety of ways.

The Woodland Trust – the Pontbren project – a farmer-led approach to sustainable land management in the uplands.

Trent Rivers Trust – Trent Rivers Trust works with anglers, landowners, partner organisations and the general public to improve the river environment. We lead projects that make a difference to rivers, the wildlife which inhabits the river corridor and the people that enjoy the river environment. Describes rain gardens, leaky dams, SuDS retrofit

Pickering’s natural flood management – They built 167 leaky dams of logs and branches – which let normal flows through but restrict and slow down high ones

Upstream management – BBC Radio 4 Farming today

EA position on Land Management and Flood Risk Management

SEPA on Natural Flood Management

Government guidelines on Working with natural processes to reduce flood risk: a research and development framework

Newcastle University on Natural Flood Management schemes

Upland Hydrology Group – The Upland Hydrology Group represents a range of interests who are seeking to achieve a sustainable future for the uplands. Their goal is to bring together the knowledge and practical experience of all our members and others and distil that into practical understanding and guidance around key topics. They bring together farmers, land owners, water companies, conservation bodies and the research community.

 

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Government Guidance on paving your front garden

Susdrain – the Community for sustainable drainage. A range of resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage, water sensitive urban design etc. Fact sheet

The new SuDS Manual – available to download

SuDS projects for schools – a project to get children enthused about reducing flood risk.

Ever wondered where the rain goes? An animation that provides an engaging overview of SuDS.

 a research and development framework from Environment Agency

National Standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems – Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining drainage for surface runoff

Shropshire Council blog on their experiences with SuDS

Sustainable drainage systems – SuDS – Research from British Geological Survey. National Environment Research Council

Maintenance of SuDS – This factsheet is helpful to any person or organisation likely to own SuDS, be responsible for their maintenance, or be responsible for agreeing payment for future SuDS maintenance (eg commuted sums).

See the May 2015 bulletin from National Flood Forum for an update

Radio 4 Costing the Earth on the impact of paving over front gardens

SuDS videos of the conference in October 2015

Where have our gardens gone? – Urban Britain is paving over its front gardens. Lawns, hedges and hollyhocks are being replaced by tarmac and car ports. Each garden may be tiny, but with over 50 million front gardens in the UK, the numbers really add up

General information

 

The Pitt Review – Lessons learned from the 2007 summer floods

A new EU Floods Directive – This Directive requires Member States to assess if all water courses and coast lines are at risk from flooding, to map the flood extent and assets and humans at risk in these areas and to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce this flood risk. With this Directive also reinforces the rights of the public to access this information and to have a say in the planning process.

The EU Water Framework Directive – introduces a new legislative approach to managing and protecting water, based not on national or political boundaries but on natural geographical and hydrological formations: river basins. It also requires coordination of different EU policies, and sets out a precise timetable for action, with 2015 as the target date for getting all European waters into good condition.

Southwell Neighbourhood Plan

Adaptation to climate change in British Local Government

Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network – the purpose of this network is to bring together this diverse group of expert practitioners and provide opportunities for collaboration that will: Foster innovative thinking in flood risk management, Share the outcomes of research with diverse audiences in meaningful ways, Promote the translation of research outcomes into policy and practice, Stimulate pioneering research that is driven by real and timely needs, and that makes a genuine difference to those at risk from flooding and coastal erosion.

Some useful webinars e.g. The benefits of Property Level Protection, local flood risk

Making your home more flood resilient

Find out if a property is at risk of flooding from the Land Registry

Know your flood risk – buy a report for £25

Know Your flood risk– Includes Flood Risk app and Homeowners’ Guide to Flood Resilience

Flood Support Packages for homeowners and businesses (Government document)

Residential Flood Defences – information from Floodsense

Flood Advisory Service – independent advice on flood risk and mitigation solutions

Flooding and Historic Buildings – This guidance is designed to assist those who live in,own or manage historic buildings that together with their historic fixtures and fittings are threatened by periodic flooding.

Six steps to flood resilience – The guidance has been endorsed by the National Flood Forum, the Association of British Insurers, Defra, the Environment Agency, the Flood Protection Association, and the Local Government Association and was produced through the EUFP7 funded SMARTeST Project (further details: www.floodresilience.eu and www.tech.floodresilience.eu)

Household level Flood Protection Surveys report template

Mary Dhonau Associates – independent flood  consultancy – raising local awareness by advising and assisting on flood prevention and resilience

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) – see above

 

Emergency, Flood and Weather Warnings

Environmental Agency: Flood Flood warnings, alerts and information about how to be prepared for flooding and what to do during a flood.

If you are unable to register online because you are outside the area of flood risk according to the EA maps (which are being updated), you may register an “area of interest” and thereby ‘qualify’ to receive flood alerts.

You need to phone 08459 88 11 88 in order to register your contact details.

You can register up to 5 numbers to receive landline/mobile/email alerts, so you can include relatives and neighbours who can respond if you are away.

British Red Cross Emergency App – you can tailor it to your area, family and friends. This free app sends you alerts about a huge range of emergencies in your area – and tells you exactly what to do when they happen.

For monitoring the weather yourself take a look at the following links:

Insurance Information

The National Flood Forum welcomes phone calls from individuals including insurance-related enquiries.

Flood Re – Launched April 2016

Flood re – exists to promote the availability and affordability of flood insurance

Flood Re – The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee hears from Flood Re and the insurance industry on the affordability and availability of insurance for customers in flood risk areas and the impact of the government-backed Flood Re reinsurance scheme.

If you are having problems with insurance and would like to talk to a local expert for support, please let us know and we can put you in touch with a local insurance expert very kindly giving pro bono support.

Environment Agency -Insurance Related Requests (IRR) can be requested from the Environment Agency by contacting the National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506 506 or emailing the local customers and engagement team on DNLenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk.

An IRR for flood likelihood information is any request for information received by the EA in relation to insurance at an individual property/site or location. They provide a response that confirms the same information that is provided to insurance companies. It uses their National Flood Risk data to define the level of risk on site

Consultation on the implementing regulations for the Flood Re insurance Scheme – Read the National Flood Forum’s response

British Insurance Brokers’ Association – to find a local broker who will help find a flood-friendly insurer.

http://www.biba.org.uk

Moneybox podcast – Mary Dhonau of Flood Protection Agency being interviewed on insurance matters relating to flooding

Listen to the podcast

RICS guide to flooding

Download their guide here…

What to do in a flood – Insurance company guide

Also visit ‘Making your home more flood resilient – see above

 

Information for Riparian Landowners

Environmental Agency: Riverside property owners: Know your rights and responsibilities

Alleviation Schemes

A short film to show how to alleviate flash flooding – Newcastle.

Planting trees to protect water
A PDF by the Woodland Trust about how integrating trees into farming systems can improve water quality and help mitigate flooding, while also supporting production.

National Organisations

List of organisations involved in flood risk management

The National Flood Forum

nationalfloodforum.org.uk
The National Flood Forum welcome is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding. We do this by:

  1. Helping people to prepare for flooding in order to prevent it or mitigate its impacts
  2. Helping people to recover their lives once they have been flooded
  3. Campaigning on behalf of flood risk communities and working with government and agencies to ensure that they develop a community perspective.

Contains a mini site – www.bluepages.org.uk – directory of flood protection products and services.

The National Flood Forum welcome phone calls from individuals in need of flood advice including insurance-related enquiries.

DEFRA Flooding Resilience Community Pathfinder scheme

Information about the communities involved in the Pathfinder scheme

Videos from Pathfinder communities

Evaluation of DEFRA Pathfinder projects

Flood Protection Association

thefpa.org.uk
All the information individuals and businesses need to understand how to protect a property and to find a trusted and appropriate provider for the protection product needed. ‘One stop shop’ for flood related information and access to trusted FPA members.

View their directory of accredited members and their services

Services and Products

For flood-related services and products please refer to the National Flood Forum’s Blue Pages and the Flood Protection Association’s directory of accredited members.

How to…

How to use Aqua-sac flood defences (about 1 min into the video)

Sandbags and how to use them properly for flood protecting – information from the Environmental Agency

How to fill a sandbag and build a sandbag wall

First Contact – a service for people aged over 60 and vulnerable adults who need help to receive vital services to stay safe and independent in their homes.