Datchet residents plan to avoid repeat of February’s flooding with launch of new website

Residents in Datchet have taken a major step forward in ensuring they are better prepared in the event of future floods with the launch of a new website.

February's flooding has prompted Datchet residents to form a voluntary group to help each other.

February’s flooding has prompted Datchet residents to form a voluntary group to help each other.

Datchet Flood Advice, at datchetflood.co.uk, has been created by the Datchet Community Action Group and is run by volunteers.  It is the group’s first step in helping to make the Datchet Community aware of the issues and to point to helpful sources of advice on matters flooding.

The site aims to bring together the available information and advice and present it in a clear way to help residents.  It provide proactive advice, including links to the National Flood Forum’s “blue pages”, as well as sections to help those about to flood or already under water.

Contact numbers are links are provided so the website will be a focal point for the village in the event of future flooding.  In Datchet, the Parish Council has taken responsibility for preparing a detailed Flood Plan and that will be integrated into the site shortly:

“The volunteer experiences of the February 2014 flooding event have been collated and will be used to support the Parish Council’s development of its formal registered Flood Plan.   As that plan develops we expect to be able to formalise the way in which volunteer support can be mobilised at an early and appropriate stage to provide support for the community.”

… for a Village in the flood plain of the River Thames this seemed, even if only with the benefit of hindsight, so logical

The Community Action Group was formed back during February’s flooding when the army commander overseeing the military support in Datchet requested an interface between the community and his soldiers and the other emergency services.

“This led to the formation a voluntary Community Action Group to assess and formulate plans such that the Village be better prepared for a future flood event – for a Village in the flood plain of the River Thames this seemed, even if only with the benefit of hindsight, so logical.” 

The website is part of a drive to ensure the community is better equipped before the onset of the next winter season.

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