Do you want to know about what is involved in being a Flood Warden? Well Chris Garner, one of the Flood Wardens in the Aylestone Park area of Leicester tells us about his role and how got involved.
Do you want to know about what is involved in being a Flood Warden?
Well Chris Garner, one of the Flood Wardens in the Aylestone Park area of Leicester tells us about his role and how got involved.
Q. What made you want to become a Flood Warden?
A. “I became a flood warden mainly due to two factors. Firstly, I saw an appeal in the local newsletter for flood wardens which attracted my interest; and secondly, I have a keen interest in my local area (Aylestone Meadows) as it is a natural floodplain and I have observed flooding there.”
Q. Have you personally experienced flooding of your home/property? (If yes, what happened?, how long did it take for you/your home to recover?)
A. “I experienced flooding back when I was living with my parents in the 1960s. The Bushby Brook that backed on to our house flooded the back garden. Luckily the property itself was not flooded. In the years after this flood, prevention and protection works were carried out to help stop this happening again.”
Q. What does your role involve?
A. “I get involved in informal monitoring of local area for any potential flood risks and rising water levels, keeping in touch with other flood wardens in the area via email and phone. We also receive weather warnings from the Met Office (this was organised by Emergency Management team at Leicester City Council). We have also participated in emergency exercises and public events relating to future flood schemes (e.g. Environment Agency public consultation events in the local area). I also have helped with flood awareness campaign in the local area.”
Q. What training did you receive?
A. “The Emergency Management team at Leicester City Council help organise the Community Flood Wardens scheme. They gave an introductory talk on being a flood warden and emergency procedures. The Emergency Management team also notify us of potential training opportunities. We have taken part in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Prepared events, which delivers emergency planning for our area.”
Q. What do you like best about being a Flood Warden?
A. “As a flood warden I feel like I am giving something back to the community and try to improve the ability of the local community to cope with any potential flooding in the future.”
Q. Has there been any flooding of your area since you became a Warden?
A. “We have not had any major flooding affecting residential properties since I have been a flood warden. However we have had out-of-bank flooding of the river running through Aylestone Meadows.”
Q. Would you suggest the role to others who may be interested?
A. “Yes I would suggest being a flood warden to others, as we need to highlight that people should be prepared. This is because flooding could happen at any time, during any season.”
We would like to thank Chris Garner for participating in this interview as part of the POWER project.
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