Marlow residents are invited to the first Flood Fayre to be staged by Buckinghamshire County Council, to be held in Court Garden House, between noon and 8pm on Tuesday 18 September.
The event will bring together seven major organisations that respond to flooding emergencies, who will showcase how they work together. They will be on hand to chat informally about the different types of floods to which Marlow is susceptible, how to prepare for flooding, and the flood risk schemes operating in the town.
Marlow, which is at risk from river, surface water and ground water flooding had 11 flood events between 2006 and 2014. The most recent significant event was in 2013/2014 (check out the MyMarlow photo gallery – some of these will be on display at the Fayre), and it was following this that an £8.5 million flood alleviation scheme, to protect homes in the Pound Lane and Gossmore areas of Marlow, was constructed by the Environment Agency.
Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said the Flood Fayre was organised in response to feedback from residents of flood-susceptible homes, following surface water and sewage flooding last summer.
“We’d like residents to be reassured about how emergency services and flood management authorities work together to help them,” said Bill. “We’d also like to help residents understand the types of flooding that could affect them, and how they can protect themselves and their homes.”
And while you are there…. get updates on the bridge!
The Flood Fayre will run in conjunction with Transport for Buckinghamshire’s exhibition of options to protect Marlow Bridge from use by over-weight vehicles. Engineers will be on hand to discuss proposals with residents.