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News from our partners: Flood Recovery Trailer to deliver vital support to flood-hit communities across Shropshire

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News from our partners National Flood Forum

Flood-hit communities in Shropshire are set to receive vital advice and support from the National Flood Forum’s flood surgeries.

The National Flood Forum charity’s Recovery Trailer will tour impacted communities along the River Severn in Shropshire in April. The trailer is a one-stop-shop for practical and emotional support.

Recovery experts will be on hand to give advice to residents and business owners on issues related to flooding, including insurance, property resilience reinstatement, and the Flood Action Groups. Residents and business owners will have the chance to inform the National Flood Forum and local flood risk managers about what has happened to them.

Bridgnorth flooding - Feb 2022

Bridgnorth flooding – Feb 2022

  • Tuesday 5 April 2022 – Bridgnorth – 12pm-7pm – Trailer on Riverside Car Park, Bridgnorth, WV16 4BG
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022 – Shrewsbury – 10am-1pm – Trailer on footpath outside Castle Pointe, opposite Shrewsbury railway station car park, SY1 2DJ
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022 – Shrewsbury – 3pm-7pm – Trailer at the entrance to St Julian’s Friars car park, SY1 1XL
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 – Melverley – 10am-1pm – Trailer at Melverley Village Hall, SY10 8PH
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 – Pentre – 3pm-5pm – Trailer at Gorve Farm, Pentre, SY4 1BT

Firefighters at work in Melverley

Heather Shepherd, Flood Recovery Specialist for the National Flood Forum, said:-

“Having been flooded myself, I understand how just how traumatic it is. The process of recovery is fraught with stress and pressures. That’s why I urge anyone impacted by flooding to come along to the recovery trailer.

“Our experts understand the practical and emotional challenges of flooding, and will be on hand offer help and advice and guide flood-victims to the best sources of professional support.”

This important advice and support is available to flooded residents and business owners from communities all along the River Severn. The National Flood Forum works closely with partner organisations to ensure those affected by flooding get the very best support available, and representatives from Shropshire Council, Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water will also be on board the trailer to answer questions at a local level.

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, natural assets and the green economy, said:-

“We’re painfully aware that recovery from flooding is a long and often traumatic and stressful process. We are pleased to ask the National Flood Forum to tour the county with their Recovery Trailer delivering vital community support.”

Tim Smith, Flood Resilience Manager at Severn Trent, said:-

“We know how devastating experiencing any type of flooding can be, which is why we’re looking forward to working with the National Flood Forum and supporting with the flood recovery surgeries. We’d encourage anyone who may have recently experienced flooding along the River Severn to visit the surgery, to meet ourselves and other partners to gather advice and receive support.”

Rhys McCarthy, from Environment Agency, said:-

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with the National Flood Forum and our other partners to roll out these flood recovery surgeries. I urge anyone who flooded recently to come along and share their experiences and benefit from the expert advice and support on hand.”

Advice for anyone affected by flooding is available through the National Flood Forum on 01299 403055 or by visiting www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk