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Bridport Prepares For Bad Weather

Flood

7:25am 30th July 2014

From storms and flooding to draughts and heatwaves.

A workshop's being held in Bridport today which will look at how communities can tackle the effects of climate change.

Rupert Lloyd is running the event. He's from the Communities Living Sustainably Project in Dorset.

Rupert told Wessex FM bad weather is a real problem.

"You don't have to think back that far to remember when we had some heavy snow. Even at the beginning of 2012 we were in draught. So we really do experience some extremes of weather in Dorset and the aim of the workshop is to prepare people for them."

Meanwhile local communities across Dorset are being asked to get involved in managing flood risk in their area.

Many areas already have flood wardens who work with parish or town councils. Depending on the size of the community they work either independently or as part of a team checking drainage channels, supporting people affected and identifying actions to reduce the risk and impact of flooding.

Dorset County Council and the Environment Agency need to recruit more flood wardens or flood teams to help more communities protect themselves.

Flood wardens need to be good communicators, have an interest in their local area and be contactable during the day.

Training will be given on all areas of the work and there is an annual seminar, to share experiences and to learn more about flooding.

Email floodwessex@environment-agency.gov.uk by the 29th August 2014 to show you are interested becoming a flood volunteer.

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