FREE FLOWER BEDS AND WATER BUTTS TO HELP BEAT FLOODING
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