Environment Agency staff give residents advice on how to protect their homes after stormy winter

Bournemouth Echo: USEFUL: Residents of Christchurch receive flood advice at the civic offices USEFUL: Residents of Christchurch receive flood advice at the civic offices

MORE than 100 people attended a special flood advice session at Christchurch council on Thursday.

Along with representatives from the Environment Agency, council staff welcomed residents to the drop-in session, providing advice and guidance on flooding issues.

The event comes after severe storms and extreme tidal surges wreaked havoc on the local coastline, with the Valentine’s Day storm destroying beach huts at Avon Beach and Friars Cliff.

Officers were on hand to provide advice and guidance on flooding issues and also make people aware of the government grants available if their properties were flooded, and government loans for preventative measures.

Cllr Margaret Phipps, portfolio holder for the environment at Christchurch council, said: “This has been an extremely well-attended event which goes to show how important it is for local people to get advice on what they can do to keep their properties safe in the event of further extreme weather.

“The event has attracted residents from across the borough, who have been able to benefit from a wide variety of prevention advice from the Environment Agency and advice on how to apply for grants from our own officers.”

Nick Reed, flood resilience officer at the Environment Agency, added: “It’s been good to work in partnership with Christchurch council on this event.

“The feedback has been positive and most people have gone away having had their questions answered.

“We’ve also been able to gather data on where flooding has occurred which will enable us to better manage the flood risk in Christchurch in future.”

Resident Alastair Hoare said: “This has been a really helpful event.

“The Environment Agency officers have been very knowledgeable about where we live and have been able to give us very targeted advice on how to build in flood resilience at our property.”

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12:02pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Townee says...

The biggest problem is people like to live near rivers and then moan when they flood. They should make sure that their homes are way above the river leave land that caravan sites need strong high walls next to the river but that would never do because the residents like the river view, catch 22.
The biggest problem is people like to live near rivers and then moan when they flood. They should make sure that their homes are way above the river leave land that caravan sites need strong high walls next to the river but that would never do because the residents like the river view, catch 22. Townee
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12:26pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised!
Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised! Turtlebay
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Sat 22 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Are they doing a simalar session for the council's that forgot or thought it unnecessary to clear ditches .dredge rivers and clear the drains
Are they doing a simalar session for the council's that forgot or thought it unnecessary to clear ditches .dredge rivers and clear the drains kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Sat 22 Mar 14

skydriver says...

Did the council make a charge for entry, to cover any up coming sand bag costs?
Did the council make a charge for entry, to cover any up coming sand bag costs? skydriver
  • Score: 3

1:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

twynham says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised!
Publicised on numerous occasions by Dorset For You via social media and on The Dear Leader's blog.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised![/p][/quote]Publicised on numerous occasions by Dorset For You via social media and on The Dear Leader's blog. twynham
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4:07pm Sat 22 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised!
Actually it was. I almost became fed up of reading about it! See earlier comment by Twynham. Maybe you should do do a daily check on these sites.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised![/p][/quote]Actually it was. I almost became fed up of reading about it! See earlier comment by Twynham. Maybe you should do do a daily check on these sites. agp1337
  • Score: -3

4:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised!
Publicised on numerous occasions by Dorset For You via social media and on The Dear Leader's blog.
So why didn't it make the local press Echo or advertiser ?
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised![/p][/quote]Publicised on numerous occasions by Dorset For You via social media and on The Dear Leader's blog.[/p][/quote]So why didn't it make the local press Echo or advertiser ? skydriver
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5:37pm Sat 22 Mar 14

twynham says...

Possibly because he referred to Echo journos as "scum of the earth"!
Possibly because he referred to Echo journos as "scum of the earth"! twynham
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rollingpinboy says...

Christchurch...like the Somerset Levels are built on Flood Plains! What else do you expect! Dredging and Weed Cutting rivers kills everything Riverine and its food chain, including fish, insects, mammals, amphibians, wildfowl, birds, and wildlife... and destroys established riverine habitat. Why do you think the EA and Natural England stopped doing it on the SSSI/SAC protected Hampshire Avon at the end of 2009 after 57 years of continuous carnage to the river and its lifeforms for the benefit of farmers and a few houses built on the riverbanks. This coincided with the decline of the Avon Valley and its populations of migratory wildfowl and birds, fish, insects, wildlife etc over the same period of time. Natural Water Meadows and Flood Plains are where the excess water naturally goes and they are meant to be wet and not dried out for the benefit of exploitation and profiteering by business interests and at the expense of killing the natural environment/habitat and its wildlif and resident lifeforms.
Christchurch...like the Somerset Levels are built on Flood Plains! What else do you expect! Dredging and Weed Cutting rivers kills everything Riverine and its food chain, including fish, insects, mammals, amphibians, wildfowl, birds, and wildlife... and destroys established riverine habitat. Why do you think the EA and Natural England stopped doing it on the SSSI/SAC protected Hampshire Avon at the end of 2009 after 57 years of continuous carnage to the river and its lifeforms for the benefit of farmers and a few houses built on the riverbanks. This coincided with the decline of the Avon Valley and its populations of migratory wildfowl and birds, fish, insects, wildlife etc over the same period of time. Natural Water Meadows and Flood Plains are where the excess water naturally goes and they are meant to be wet and not dried out for the benefit of exploitation and profiteering by business interests and at the expense of killing the natural environment/habitat and its wildlif and resident lifeforms. rollingpinboy
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rollingpinboy says...

As above...How to kill a river and its wildlife...'The Legal Destruction of the Hampshire Avon'. Part one.
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=JeIvqo9r
Dhg
As above...How to kill a river and its wildlife...'The Legal Destruction of the Hampshire Avon'. Part one. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=JeIvqo9r Dhg rollingpinboy
  • Score: 1

8:38am Sun 23 Mar 14

Phixer says...

agp1337 wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised!
Actually it was. I almost became fed up of reading about it! See earlier comment by Twynham. Maybe you should do do a daily check on these sites.
Must be nice to be retired and surf the net all day, every day - but boring for most of us who have more important things to do every day and expect local rags to publicise such events.
[quote][p][bold]agp1337[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Must have been by ' invitation only ' since it was not publicised![/p][/quote]Actually it was. I almost became fed up of reading about it! See earlier comment by Twynham. Maybe you should do do a daily check on these sites.[/p][/quote]Must be nice to be retired and surf the net all day, every day - but boring for most of us who have more important things to do every day and expect local rags to publicise such events. Phixer
  • Score: 1

10:16am Sun 23 Mar 14

twynham says...

It's quicker to find this info than it is to spend your important time commenting on Echo website.
But it is nice to be retired after 50 years working and spend time surfing, among others, Ryanair website.
Boring Palma, Girona & Malaga here I come!
It's quicker to find this info than it is to spend your important time commenting on Echo website. But it is nice to be retired after 50 years working and spend time surfing, among others, Ryanair website. Boring Palma, Girona & Malaga here I come! twynham
  • Score: 1

7:24am Mon 24 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

twynham wrote:
It's quicker to find this info than it is to spend your important time commenting on Echo website.
But it is nice to be retired after 50 years working and spend time surfing, among others, Ryanair website.
Boring Palma, Girona & Malaga here I come!
Oh don't start with that or they'll all be moaning about the drop off fee at Bournemouth Airport again.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: It's quicker to find this info than it is to spend your important time commenting on Echo website. But it is nice to be retired after 50 years working and spend time surfing, among others, Ryanair website. Boring Palma, Girona & Malaga here I come![/p][/quote]Oh don't start with that or they'll all be moaning about the drop off fee at Bournemouth Airport again. boardsandphotos
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