Operational flood working groups
Wiltshire Flood & Winter Preparedness Event
24 and 25 November 2020
Join us on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November for advice and information on how Wiltshire and its partners are prepared, how our services work and how they can help your community be more resilient.
Many thanks to our statutory partners, other agencies and colleagues within the council who have contributed to this event.
- Communities Prepared
- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
- Environment Agency
- Network Rail
- Wessex Water
- Shaw & Whitley Volunteer Group
Shaw & Whitley Volunteer Group
For those of you who may not have attended any of our previous training or seminars, welcome - it's a little different this year, and thank you for joining us. We have put one link in to cover the whole day, so all you need to do is to click on the link on the day, at the time of the event/s you wish to attend. Flood warden training events on Tuesday evening, Wednesday lunchtime and Thursday evening have their own links. These sessions are now open so please click on the relevant links to register.
Tuesday 24 November - Schedule of Events
Alternatively you can dial into the event on 01225 694894 and input the phone conference ID: 656 800 390
|10am||Welcome to the Event - Mike Hewitt, Chairman of the Southern Operational Flood Working Group and Cllr for the Bourne & Woodford Valley.|
|10:30 am||All things drainage, Danny Everett, Principal Drainage Officer - schemes, works, budgets and what we've been doing during lockdown.|
|12 noon||Mark Howells, Senior Drainage Engineer Network Rail South West - joint working on telemetry projects with the Environment Agency for Hancocks Water & Westbury Park in Royal Wootton Bassett and Corsham Aqueduct. The £1 million investment at Melksham Station to restore a functional drainage system giving the line between Thingley Junction and Bradford upon Avon better resilience during wet weather.|
|2:30pm||Sarah Kelly & Chris Manuel our very own Emergency Planners on Community Emergency Plans|
|6pm||Flood Warden training Parts 1 & 2 If your new to your role, haven't done any training or want a refresher join Imogen, Paul, Lisa and Renate for interactive training. Please use register for the training via Eventbrite: Flood Volunteer Parts 1 & 2: Wiltshire Winter Preparedness Online Event.|
Wednesday 25 November - Schedule of Events
Alternatively you can dial into the event on 01225 694894 and input phone conference ID: 526 951 845
|10:30am||Matthew Kiddell, National Resilience Co-ordinator, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue. Supporting local incidents, how to keep safe and what you as flood wardens and volunteers need to know during a pandemic and what to incorporate in a flood or emergency plan.|
|12:30pm||Snow Plans - Which roads are gritted, how do we clear snow, and can we be sued and how can we be safe? Things to consider when drawing up a plan, Imogen, Paul, Renate and Adrian Hampton. Please register for the training via Eventbrite: Snow Volunteer: Wiltshire Winter Preparedness Online Event.|
|2pm||Land Drainage & Ordinary Watercourse and Ditches, a thorny and sometimes difficult subject - brush up with Richard to learn why they are important and help with your role in reducing flood risk - a dry subject!|
|3pm||Missing the "stinky" flood box, what can you do with these "wellies" and random shouts from the crowd of "Rats" and "Weil's Disease"? Do you know your flood alerts from your flood warnings and how many dogs does Renate really have and are they of use in a flood? A light-hearted quiz for flood wardens and volunteers from Henry and Renate|
|6pm||Co-ordinator training - more than one flood warden, spontaneous volunteers, what to do and things to consider in your plan. Imogen, Paul, Renate. Please register for the training via Eventbrite: CEV Coordinator: Wiltshire Winter Preparedness Online Event.|
Videos and Presentations
There will also be a number of presentations available throughout the two days demonstrating what Wiltshire Council and our partners have been up to and also giving you all the latest information.
- Presentation: planning process, flood risk and drainage - notes for parish councils: read the presentation
- Groundwater and groundwater flooding in Wessex with Guy Parker from the Environment Agency: watch the video.
- Whistle stop Wiltshire parts 1 and 2: a two-part video taking a trip around both the river Avons that rise in Wiltshire, the Bristol Avon and the Hampshire Avon. We speak to Melvin Wood, who talks to us about the Bristol Avon catchment, and Jim Wreglesworth who works in the Hampshire Avon Catchment. We visit the Great Somerford gauging station and have a tour of the flood defence scheme at Harnham in Salisbury. Watch part one; watch part two.
- Parish Stewards: watch the video.
- SSEN: Winter preparedness. Watch the video.
- Environment Agency - FORT - what is it, how will it benefit your community and how to use it.
- Harnham Flood Defences- A virtual tour of Harnham Flood Defences and how the Environment Agency manages flood risk in the Hampshire Avon Catchment in Wiltshire.
- Shaw & Whitley Flood Group - A video from the Shaw & Whitley flood group set up following several flooding events in their community. Watch the video.
- Wessex Water - How they deal and are dealing with Groundwater and sewer flooding. Watch the video.
- Groundwater - A must for all those communities affected by groundwater, understanding how it works and how it affects our communities.
- Planning & Drainage - Explains how the drainage team interacts with the planning system to help reduce flood risk to new developments and their communities.
- Building a sandbag wall. Watch the video.
If you have any questions or queries or would like assistance in drawing up a flood/and or emergency plan or help and information with anything covered by this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will endeavour to respond to your query.
Wiltshire council has set up two Operational Flood Working Groups, one in the north and the other in the south of county.
The groups operate under strict terms of reference and are chaired by Councillor Jonathon Seed who is the portfolio holder for flooding.
The groups mirror the river catchment areas operated by the Environment Agency and are a forum for stakeholders with interests in:
- Highways surface water
- Surface water run off
- Drainage and flooding to consider the issues relating to flooding and drainage within their respective catchment areas
- Wessex Water
- Thames Water
- Highways Agency
- Network Rail
- Environment Agency
These issues cover such items as:
- Identifying lead authorities for each issue to enable better more focused, efficient and coordinated response, enabling resources and funding to be targeted effectively
- To make recommendations for bids to fund major projects
- To consider proposals for prioritising funding and programming of schemes
- To implement government legislation on drainage and flood management
- To comply with legal requirements to map our surface water and establish collaborative information with our partners
- To respond to community area boards in respect of flooding and drainage issues
- To communicate with members of the public regarding the work we are doing via the Wiltshire Magazine and parish newsletter
Initial requests for assistance from the public will be assessed by staff from the divisional highways offices. If they cannot be dealt with locally they will be referred to the drainage engineers. The weather and drainage manager will prioritise schemes in accordance with the following criteria,
|Houses||Protect life and dwellings||Flood alleviation equipment|
|Commercial property||Project property||Protect critical utilities infrastructure|
|Roads||Protect life, dwellings and essential access to main roads||Road closures, diversions and flood alleviation equipment|
|Gardens/Agricultural Land||None||No action taken|
Wednesday 17 July 2019
|9.30am - 1pm||North Group|
Wednesday 11 September 2019
|9.30am - 1pm||South Group|
Warminster Civic Centre
Wednesday 16 October 2019
|9.30am - 1pm||North Group|
St Margaret's Hall
|Wednesday 13 November 2019||9.30am - 1pm||South Group|
Town and parish councils wishing to attend the meeting are to advise the secretary of the group email@example.com of their attendance and issues they would like discussed.
Check back for the next meetings.
You can read the notes of the latest Operational Flood Working Group meetings in the download section.
The meetings alternate monthly between the north and south of the county.
Downloads - Meeting notes
Latest Environment Agency South West Water report.
Wiltshire council often approaches landowners to request them to clear overgrown and blocked ditches and watercourses where there is a risk of flooding. There is an extensive network of watercourses and ditches in the county it has been found that parish and town councils have in many cases been successfully able to provide valuable assistance in identifying and helping to resolve these issues including working with us to help reduce the risk of flooding in their communities.
As part of the partnership working initiative we have asked parish and town councils to become more involved in the early stages of this process and using your local knowledge and contacts to make the initial informal approaches to landowners to undertake clearance of their ditch or watercourse.
The suggested approach is set out below:
An informal approach by (telephone or email) from a parish or town council representative is made asking a landowner to clear ditches and watercourses.
If there is no action by the landowner the first letter can be sent requesting action.
If the clearance is still not undertaken a second letter can be sent to the landowners.
Should you encounter any problems don't hesitate to contact the council's drainage team who can then prioritise any further action as appropriate. If necessary then may also instruct the council's legal team should any formal legal action be necessary or arrange for a referral to the Environment Agency where a watercourse is a main river.
If you would like to discuss this matter further or require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Renate Malton, Project Officer on 01225 712514 (mobile 07827 954856) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downloads - Town and Parish ditch project
Lead Local Flood Authorities are required, under Section 21 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, to establish and maintain:
(a) A register of structures or features which, in the opinion of the authority, are likely to have a significant effect on a flood risk in its area, and
(b) A record of information about each of those structures or features, including information about ownership and state of repair.
The Act goes on to state that 'the lead local flood authority must arrange for the register to be available for inspection at all reasonable times'.
Wiltshire council has chosen to use a web-based system that will be accessible to the public. Through the course of our work on flood investigations and local flood risk assessments we are collecting data on structures and features which are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk within Wiltshire. Examples may include flood defences, bridges, culverts, drainage ditches and embankments. They can be natural or man-made.
We record relevant information about each asset, including its ownership and condition, and why it is significant to local flood risk.This site is still under construction and will be updated periodically as we become aware of further significant assets.
The latest available Asset Register can be found in the download section below.