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Flood Advisory Service in Shipley & Keighley

The Flood Advisory Service visited Keighley and Shipley this week, offering flood risk advice to local residents who were hit by the recent floods.

The roadshow trailer parked outside Victoria Hall in Keighley on Tuesday 15th, and then moved to the Asda Carpark in Shipley on Wednesday 16th.

The visit was planned in conjunction with Bradford Metropolitan District Council who worked with the FAS to promote the event through leaflet drops, social media and the local press. As a result of this, there were over 200 visitors from the Bradford area, and the two day event was hailed a success by all those involved.

Local residents dropped in to speak to advisors about how to defend their homes against flooding in the future. A variety of Kitemark certified products are showcased on the FAS trailer, including flood proof doors, barriers, anti-flood airbricks, backflow valves and sump & pump systems.

Officers from Bradford Council, including emergency planning manager, Mike Powell, were on hand to answer questions about flood resilience grants, and we were also joined by the Environment Agency.

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"I think this road show is excellent, and it's good to see so many people here.

Anything that can be done to make people's businesses and properties resilient has got to be a real benefit."

Mike Powell, Bradford Council Emergency Planning Manager

Sarah Marriott, Managing Director of the FAS, said: "It's been fantastic to see such a great turnout, the council has done a great job of spreading the word.

"A lot of the people we're seeing here live in terraced houses, so we're telling them that if they want to protect their properties they need to make sure their neighbours are taking action as well.

"We only carry samples of flood mitigation products which have the BSI Kitemark PAS 1188 – it shows that this product has been thoroughly tested. Anyone installing these has to be a flood professional who is certified to BSI standards."

FAS operations co-ordinator Kelly Merriman said: "It's been non-stop. We've had a very good response from members of the public.

Mike Powell, from Bradford Council said: "I think this road show is excellent, and it's good to see so many people here.

"Anything that can be done to make people's businesses and properties resilient has got to be a real benefit.

"I'm here to make sure people have flood plans. For example, where do they keep their household insurance papers? If they are downstairs, they should put them upstairs. There is always some way of looking after your valuables."

Click here to read articles from the Telegraph and ArgusKeighley News & the Craven Herald.

“We were impressed with the enthusiasm, professionalism and sheer hard work that the FAS put in to supporting us. 

The roadshows themselves were very well staged and very impressive. FAS staff were very knowledgeable, approachable and professional and the Council made sure we had as many staff present to help residents discuss grant applications and processes or indeed any other flooding issues. We thought it was vital to have a presence at the roadshow and for it to be a collaborative event and cannot stress how important this proved to be – and it was clearly appreciated by residents.”

David North (Empty Homes & Loans Manager, Bradford MDC)

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