Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project and Oxfordshire County Council host Property Flood Resilience Day event in Islip on 20th August

 Residents of Islip, Oxfordshire, and the surrounding areas are being invited to a special Property Flood Resilience Day event on Friday 20th August.

The event roadshow is being hosted by the Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council and is designed to help those households and businesses located in areas that have previously seen flooding receive expert advice on board a special ‘Floodmobile’ vehicle.

With people living in Islip experiencing flooding in recent years, the event is an opportunity for people to come and learn what can be done to help make their properties resilient against future flood water.

The event will be taking place on Friday 20th August at The Swan Inn, 1 Lower Street, Islip, Oxfordshire, OX5 2SB between 10am and 4pm.

Councillor Pete Sudbury, Cabinet Member for Climate Change Delivery & Environment at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “I would like to commend the way communities have pulled together to respond to the flooding in recent years across Oxfordshire. Our series of free Property Flood Resilience Days are an opportunity to come and talk to flood resilience experts and learn what we can do as individuals to protect our homes and businesses from floods. With climate change increasing the likelihood of extreme weather, including heavier and more persistent rain, residents can be assured that the new administration at the county council is prioritising improvements in whole system response to dangerous weather extremes, as well as wider prevention efforts.

The Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project is one of three national DEFRA projects, which aims to increase the effective uptake and awareness of PFR across the local authority areas. It will be taking its Floodmobile demonstration vehicle, which includes more than 50 examples of practical flood resilience measures, on a Property Flood Resilience roadshow throughout August. In total, eleven communities will be visited in Buckinghamshire, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Renowned flood resilience expert and representative for Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project Mary Dhonau OBE will talk to visitors and offer advice, alongside Fola Ogunyoye CEng CWEM FCIWEM, Director of TJAY Consultancy Ltd, who has over two decades of expertise in providing flood risk, water and environmental management consultancy services.

Mary Dhonau OBE said: “I’ve been flooded on many occasions and it’s an appalling experience. For people living in Islip and the surrounding areas, the Flood Resilience Day events are an opportunity to learn more about the steps that can be taken to help reduce the impact flooding can have. Many of us invest in smoke alarms or security locks to protect against fires or thefts, however for those living at risk of flooding, water is the most indiscriminate ‘burglar’ there is. The Property Flood Resilience Days and our Floodmobile is therefore an opportunity to see these first-hand, talk to experts and receive information on just what can be done.”

The event is free to attend and no appointments are needed; simply come along when convenient – everyone is welcome.

For more information on the Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project, visit: https://www.floodtoolkit.com/ox-cam/ or follow the Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder on social media: https://www.facebook.com/OxCamPFR.

For more information on Oxfordshire County Council visit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/.

What is the Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project?

As one of three DEFRA-funded national pathfinder partnerships, the Ox-Cam Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Project was launched to raise awareness of PFR across the extensive Oxfordshire-Cambridgeshire Arc region.

The Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project is hosting a series of community events to demonstrate the active steps that people can take to make properties and businesses resilient to flooding.  This will include PFR demonstrations using its bespoke ‘Floodmobile’ vehicle, an example property at HR Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and the online provision of PFR resources, specialists and guidance.