Event to thank floods emergency helpers

Press Release: 24/03/2014

Flooding in Water Lane, Winchester

Civic leaders are to host an event to recognise and thank communities, partners and staff who helped to deal with the floods emergency in Winchester.

The event, to be held at the Guildhall on Friday 4 April, will mark the levels of resilience and self-help in many parts of the district and the way agencies worked together, which made the Winchester response effective and well-received.

Leaders will note during the event that there is still more to do – both in terms of recovery and learning the lessons for the future.

The event will be hosted by the Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs. It will be attended by representatives of the district’s flood-hit communities, by partners including the Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Military and by Winchester City Council staff who ran the emergency control room.

The Mayor, Cllr Jeffs, said:

I am delighted to have this opportunity to recognise and thank those who played such a major part in tackling the floods emergency in Winchester in the early months of 2014.

This includes representatives from places such as Hambledon who demonstrated such remarkable resilience, our partners including the Armed Forces who provided boots on the ground when we needed them and our own staff who worked tirelessly to co-ordinate and deliver what is widely considered to be an effective floods response.

Of course there is still more to do in terms of the clean-up, delivering financial support for those hardest hit, learning lessons and bidding for Government funds to increase our resilience in case of more floods in the future.