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The Upton upon Severn Community Responders Day - June 2017

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 2007 floods that devastated Worcestershire and the surrounding counties, a one day event was organised by the Flood Advisory Service and Malvern Hills District Council where local residents were invited to share memories, experiences and best practice.

Pupils from Upton upon Severn Primary School & Hanley Castle High School came to visit us at the ‘Community Responders Day’ event in late June, attended by the town council, borough council, fire service, Severn Trent Water and the Flood Advisory Service. 

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Sarah Marriott, Managing Director of the Flood Advisory Service said:

"The team from the Flood Advisory Service was delighted to support Malvern Hills Council for the second year in a row, bringing flood awareness to communities in Worcestershire. This year’s event was held in Upton on Severn, a town severely impacted by the floods of July 2007, and to bring a fresh perspective we worked closely with schools in the area to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Some of the children who attended would have been babies during the 2007 floods, so their presence was all the more poignant as it enabled the younger generation to understand more about flood risk and how we can collectively work together to manage it”

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Artists from ‘More Than Minutes’ were on hand throughout the day to record our conversations on the £4.4 million flood defences within the town!

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Environment Agency and Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service

Rob Rich, from Malvern Hills Borough Council commented:

“Upton residents were well receiving of the Community Responders Day event hosted by Malvern Hills District Council in partnership with Flood Advisory Service. Attendees joined us to share memories of the 2007 floods and had access to a variety of agencies and raft of information to prepare themselves if the severity of floods hit again. Pupils from both Upton Primary School and Hanley Castle High School maintained interest throughout with a range of educational activities organised for them and we hope they share their knowledge with families, friends and neighbours”

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Special thanks to the local schools and each of the various agencies involved in the event. For further information on the FAS, or to book a roadshow in your area, please contact us.

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