Tell agency your flooding fears
Residents can learn more about the flood risk in Leighton Buzzard and the Environment Agency’s role in protecting people and property from flooding during a drop-in event at a school on Wednesday (February 20).
Environment Agency staff will be showing the prototype of their latest flood map for Leighton Buzzard at the event.
The map is still being finalised, but new modelling techniques suggest that the flood risk may not be as high in the area as previously estimated.
However, there is still a threat and staff will give visitors tips on how to prepare for floods, to reduce their potential impact and listen to people’s flood concerns and experiences.
The drop-in event will take place between 2pm and 7pm at Beaudesert Lower School, Appenine Way.
Neil Pope, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Protecting people and property from flooding is a key role for the Environment Agency.
“We have a Floodline Warning area in Leighton Buzzard and we have recently reviewed our flood models for this area. Our new model indicates that flood risk in the area is lower than originally thought. We hope residents join us to check our findings and to discuss their concerns about flood risk in Leighton.”
With one in six homes in England and Wales is at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency promotes the importance of preparing a flood plan for homes and businesses.
You can check to see if you are at risk of flooding by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk and by following the links to Flooding, or by calling Floodline Warnings Direct on 0845 988 1188.
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Weather for Leighton Buzzard
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 6 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: North west