Godmanchester residents invited to learn about flood resilience at free community event


Residents of Godmanchester and the surrounding areas are being invited to a special Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Day event on Saturday 29 January.

A roadshow of events is being hosted by the OxCam PFR Pathfinder Project, in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council. The events are designed to offer expert advice to households and businesses in areas which have previously experienced flooding, with previous venues including Alconbury Weston, St Neots and St Ives.

A special ‘Floodmobile’ vehicle, which contains samples of over 50 practical flood protection measures, will be on site for visitors to explore.

The Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project is one of three national DEFRA projects which aims to increase the effective uptake and awareness of PFR across the region’s local authority areas.

With people living in the Godmanchester area experiencing flooding within recent years, the event is an opportunity for people to come and learn what can be done to help make their properties resilient against flood water.

The event is taking place on Saturday 29 January, at Godmanchester Town Hall, 1 Post Street, PE29 2NB.

Councillor Lorna Dupré, chair of the Environment and Green Investment Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Many areas of our region are unfortunately at increased risk of flooding due to climate change and projected increases in extreme rainfall.

“Our series of Property Flood Resilience Days are an opportunity to talk to flood resilience experts and learn what we can do as individuals and communities to make our properties more flood resilient. The events are free and I would urge local residents to please come and join us.”

Renowned flood resilience expert and representative for Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project Mary Dhonau OBE will talk to visitors and offer advice, alongside Fola Ogunyoye CEng CWEM FCIWEM, director of TJAY Consultancy Ltd who has over two decades of expertise in providing flood risk, water and environmental management consultancy service.

For more information on the Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project, visit: www.floodtoolkit.com/ox-cam/ or follow the Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder on social media: www.facebook.com/OxCamPFR.

For more information on Cambridgeshire County Council’s flood risk management, visit https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/business/planning-and-development/flood-and-water/flood-risk-management.