19th November 2020, 1:48pm | By Marc Read |


Join us on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th of November on advice and information on how Wiltshire and its partners are prepared, how our services work and how they can help your community be more resilient.

Many thanks to our statutory partners, other agencies and colleagues within the council who have contributed to this event.

Environment Agency                 Network Rail                    Dorset & Wiltshire                                          Fire & Rescue

Communities Prepared              SSEN                                Wessex Water

Shaw & Whitley Volunteer Group

For those of you who may not have attended any of our previous training or seminars, welcome – it’s a little different this year, and thank you for joining us

I have put one link in to cover the whole day, so all you need to do is to click on the link on the day, at the time of the event/s you wish to attend.

Flood warden training events on Tuesday evening, Wednesday lunchtime and Thursday evening have their own links.  These sessions are now open so please click on and register.

Schedule of Events Tuesday 24th November

Microsoft Teams meeting

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+44 1225 694894,,656800390#   United Kingdom, Bath

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10.00 a.m.    Welcome to the Event – Mike Hewitt, Chairman of the Southern Operational Flood Working Group and Cllr for the Bourne & Woodford Valley.

10.30 a.m.    All things drainage, Danny Everett, Principle Drainage Officer – schemes, works, budgets and what we’ve been doing during lockdown.

12 noon        Mark Howells, Senior Drainage Engineer Network Rail South West – joint working on telemetary projects with the Environment Agency for Hancocks Water & Westbury Park in Royal Wootton Bassett and Corsham Aquaduct. The £1 million investment at Melksham Station to restore a functional drainage system giving the line between Thingley Junction and Bradford upon Avon better resilience during wet weather.

2.30 p.m       Sarah Kelly & Chris Manuel our very own Emergency Planners on Community Emergency Plans – Where to fit it all in when we’ve had COVID, EUEXIT and goodness knows what else!!!

6 – 8 pm.      Flood Warden training Parts 1 & 2 If your new to your role, haven’t done any training or want a refresher join Imogen, Paul, Lisa and Renate for interactive training.

24/11; 6-8pm Flood Volunteer: http://bit.ly/CPWilts1

Wednesday 25th November

Microsoft Teams meeting

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+44 1225 694894,,526951845#   United Kingdom, Bath

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10.30            Matt Kiddell, National Resilience Co-ordinator, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue. Supporting local incidents, how to keep safe and what you as flood wardens and volunteers need to know during a pandemic and what to incorporate in a flood or emergency plan.

12.00 – 1.30 Snow Plans – Which roads are gritted, how do we clear snow, and can we be sued and how can we be safe? Things to consider when drawing up a plan, Imogen, Paul, Renate and our very own Adrian Hampton

25/11; 12-1:30 pm Snow Volunteer: http://bit.ly/CPWilts2

2.00 p.m.      Land Drainage & Ordinary Watercourse and Ditches, a thorny and sometimes difficult subject – brush up with Richard to learn why they are important and help with your role in reducing flood risk – a dry subject!!!!!!!

3.00 pm.       Missing the “stinky” flood box, what can you do with these “wellies” and random shouts from the crowd of “Rats” and “Weil’s Disease”. Do you know your flood alerts from your flood warnings and how many dogs does Renate really have and are they of use in a flood? A light-hearted quiz for flood wardens and volunteers from Henry and Renate

6 – 7.45 pm  Co-ordinator training – more than one flood warden, spontaneous volunteers, what to do and things to consider in your plan. Imogen, Paul, Renate

25/11; 6-7:45 pm CEV Coordinator: http://bit.ly/CPWilts3

Video and Presentations

SSEN           Short, concise and all you need to know – the information should be in everyone’s plan.

Environment Agency

FORT – what is it, how will it benefit your community and how to use it – Guy Parker

Harnham Flood Defences

A virtual tour of Harnham Flood Defences and how the Environment Agency manages flood risk in the Hampshire Avon Catchment in Wiltshire – Jim Wrigglesworth.

Shaw & Whitley Flood Group

A video from the Shaw & Whitley flood group set up following several flooding events in their community.

Wessex Water       

How they deal and are dealing with Groundwater and sewer flooding


A must for all those communities on groundwater, understanding how it works and how it affects our communities.

Planning & Drainage

Explains how the drainage team interacts with the planning system to help reduce flood risk to new developments and their communities. Ben Leverett

Building a sandbag wall   

A simple well explained process of using sandbag – due to current circumstances we were unable to produce our own, but an excellent one from Oxfordshire County Council and Fire & Rescue via You Tube.

Gritting        Watch our gritters in action

Parish Stewards

Out and about with our parish stewards

Questions & Queries

If you have any questions or queries or would like assistance in drawing up a flood/and or emergency plan or help and information with anything covered please email me and I will endeavour to respond to your query.  renate.malton@wiltshire.gov.uk



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