It will be all hands to the pumps in Chew Magna tomorrow when residents take part in their annual Flood Resilience Day.
Householders will be testing equipment including floodboards and pumps for individual properties as part of a programme of events that will include workshops, demonstrations as well as activities for the younger members of the local community.
The village will also be hosting a fact-finding team from Tadcaster, Yorkshire, who want to find out more about how the Chew Magna residents support each other when there is a risk of flooding.
In March, the Chew Magna Community Flood Planning group were named winners of the Environment Agency Project Excellence Awards. The group includes Chew Magna Flood Wardens, Chew Valley Flood Forum, the parish council, local volunteers and Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The Chew Magna Community was given the Environment Agency Project Excellence award in recognition of the way they developed and put in place an effective flood plan to deal with future flooding events similar to the event in 2012 which saw properties damaged, roads and parts of the village cut off.
Councillor Mark Shelford, (Conservative, Lyncombe), Chair of the Bath and North East Somerset Area Strategic Flood Board, said: “This is a chance for homeowners to practice using their ‘property level resilience’ equipment and to check that everything is in good order for the winter. It will also provide the opportunity to review individual flood plans and to ensure everyone is switched on to the risk of flooding.”
Staff from Bath and North East Somerset Council and the Environment Agency, which has supported and funded the community’s work, will be in attendance, along with staff from the charity Groundwork who will be delivering workshops.
In 2014, B&NES and the Environment Agency upgraded existing flood protection in 69 homes. The £200,000 upgrading scheme saw the installation of new pumps and barriers to properties in the village situated close to the river Chew and Winford Brook.
Bath and North East Somerset Council carried out extensive drainage work, provided the Flood Wardens with safety equipment and generally lent support.