Survey aims to boost Morpeth flood plans

A survey is being carried out in a flood-hit town in a bid to improve support for vulnerable residents in the event of a repeat catastrophe

The big clean up in Abbey Terrace, Morpeth after the floods

A survey is being carried out in a flood-hit town in a bid to improve support for vulnerable residents in the event of a repeat catastrophe.

Northumberland County Council is asking people in Morpeth - where 1,000 homes and businesses were flooded in September 2008 - to take part in the survey.

It gives local people who may need special help and support in the event of a flood evacuation, such as the elderly and those suffering from illness or disability, the opportunity to comment on what  arrangements may be useful to them.

 The survey was developed in partnership with the  Morpeth Flood Action group, and runs until July 19. It was recently sent out to properties in the town’s flood warning area, as defined by the  Environment Agency, and is also available online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/floodsurvey.

Susan Dungworth, the council’s portfolio holder  for adult care and health, said: “We are aware that there are members of our community who are more vulnerable than others, who may need extra help and support if a flood occurred. In particular, the survey gives residents who don’t receive services from us, and don’t have people living nearby to help them, the chance  to let us know if they will need assistance.

 “We would encourage anyone who receives it, or knows someone living in areas prone to flooding in Morpeth, to fill it in.”

British Red Cross is helping  with the survey. North East and Cumbria director, Judi Evans, said it would help identify vulnerable people in advance of any future flooding incidents in Morpeth, where a £21m flood defence upgrade is now underway.

She said: “Our volunteers are experienced in supporting individuals and communities who have been flooded so they will be able to help people to complete this survey.”

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