FREE FLOWER BEDS AND WA­TER BUTTS TO HELP BEAT FLOOD­ING

EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

Raised flower beds and wa­ter butts that can help pre­vent flood­ing are be­ing in­stalled for free in a trail-blaz­ing scheme in Great Yar­mouth, Brad­well and Gor­leston.

The think­ing be­hind the ap­proach, which could see 1,000 butts and planters in­stalled by 2020, is that they help slow down the rate at which sur­face wa­ter runs off dur­ing heavy rain­fall, cut­ting down the amount that reaches roads and pave­ments. The area has seen se­vere flood­ing in re­cent years cause by in­tense rain.

Michelle Steel from the Na­tional Flood Fo­rum, the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind the scheme with part­ners Norfolk County Coun­cil, Anglian Wa­ter and the Euro­pean In­ter­reg group, said that the ini­tia­tive is unique in this coun­try. “This is a trail­blaz­ing scheme to see how well it works,” she says. “We have around 100 peo­ple signed up now. It works by us­ing the wa­ter butts and planters to slow down the run-off in heavy rain. They are spe­cially-de­signed and we have lots of shapes and sizes to suit from man­sions to ter­raced homes!”

The ef­fec­tive­ness of the tech­nique has been proved as the Dutch, ex­perts in flood man­age­ment, use it, says Michelle.

The butts and planters and their in­stal­la­tion is com­pletely free. Con­tact Michelle Steel on [email protected]­fo­rum.org.uk or 07763 509439. norfolk.gov.uk/frame­spro­ject

Flood­ing has been a prob­lem on the east coast for many years

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