Community flood resilience – the response of people at risk of flooding – is important. Quite often simple actions by householders and communities can significantly reduce local vulnerability and the level of any damages from flood events.
The Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Project was a partnership between Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and the Environment Agency. The DEFRA funding went towards a package of measures to improve local community resilience so that they are better prepared against the risk of flooding.
Many of the actions have brought tangible benefits to local communities and have built confidence in dealing with future floods. Through working together with the support of local agencies and authorities, communities have been empowered to take action for themselves. The Final Report shares the learning and showcases the work of some very proactive Devon communities.
Below is a film showcasing Topsham’s Flood Group carrying out a Flooding Exercise:
Thanks to the motivation, tenacity, positive can-do attitude of the flood groups and their members, communities are now better equipped to deal with future flood events.
As part of the legacy of the project, DCC together with the Police, Fire Service, Environment Agency, Plymouth and Torbay Councils, District Councils, Devon Communities Together and the Devon Association of Local Councils have joined forces to form The Devon Community Resilience Forum. The aim of the Forum is to work with communities and individuals to harness local resources and expertise, to help plan how to prepare, respond and recover from events such as flooding.
Last Updated: February 2019