Local people in Lowestoft are being asked to be part of something that can make a difference.
During the December 2013 tidal surge, over 160 homes and businesses in Lowestoft were flooded. In addition to this, road and rail networks were significantly disrupted.
East Suffolk Council are working with Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance to find out how well the community in Lowestoft is prepared for any flooding that might occur in the future. A survey is being carried out to measure the current resilience level of Lowestoft and each household in the flood zones will be invited to participate. Each household in these areas will receive a flyer containing details on how to take part, either online or by telephone.
Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, said: “Communities often know what is needed to make them better prepared and this is an opportunity to help empower the local community. Their knowledge is key to unlocking a brighter, more resilient future for Lowestoft.”
The survey will run throughout July 2020 and to thank residents for taking part, there are 10 chances to win an Amazon voucher worth £25.
East Suffolk Council is working with communities to improve resilience, first by understanding the current level of resilience working alongside the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, and then developing community and business resilience to flooding through a range of plans and measures. The largest of these measures is the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project.
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is a multi-sectoral partnership which brings together community programmes, new research, shared knowledge and evidence-based influencing to build community flood resilience in developed and developing countries. They help people measure their resilience to floods and identify appropriate solutions before disaster strikes. Their vision is that floods should have no negative impact on people’s ability to thrive. To achieve this, they are working to increase funding for flood resilience; strengthen global, national and subnational policies; and improve flood resilience practice. www.floodresilience.net