Environment Agency runs citizen engagement sessions using Zoom

The Environment Agency is inviting people living in Buckingham to two virtual drop in surgeries on Thursday 10 June to discuss the winter 2020/21 flooding.

The 2-hour sessions feature short presentations plus a live question and answer session, and will be hosted on Zoom. They will include information about the winter flooding, the flood warning service, how rivers are maintained and operated, and what residents and the community can do to become more flood resilient.

Tamsyn Ellway"Under normal circumstances, we would have gathered this information in person but we have been unable to do this," said Tamsyn Ellway, Flood Resilience Advisor with the Environment Agency. "These surgeries are an excellent opportunity for residents to share their concerns and discuss flooding issues with us. We want to understand the extent of flooding in Buckingham, gather views and evidence for subsequent investigations."

In December 2020, East Anglia received an exceptionally high amount of rain with a total averaged rainfall of 108mm, which was 195% of the monthly average. The Environment Agency issued 27 flood alerts, 41 flood warnings and a severe flood warning between 23 and 24 December. Over 30 communities recorded property flooding resulting from either surface water or rivers, with at least 567 properties being affected to some degree.

Anyone who has been affected by or has concerns about the winter flooding is invited to attend and share their experience with Environment Agency officers.

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