5 great tips for flood preparation in Geddington

2020 flooding in Newton Road. [Photo: Hilary Shipley]
As residents of Geddington, nestled by the River Ise, we’re no strangers to the challenges of flooding. While our picturesque village grapples with this all-too-regular natural phenomenon, it’s crucial to stay prepared.

Being a community with a significant older population, we must be ready to protect our homes and look after each other. This guide offers detailed tips on getting ready for the flood season, focusing on property protection and community support.

1. Floods – Understand the risk

Firstly, it’s vital to stay informed about the risk. Keep an eye on weather forecasts and river levels, especially during heavy rainfalls. Our village experiences flooding both from the rising river and runoff from surrounding fields, unable to drain away quick enough.

One of the village flood wardens, Sarah Pask, posts regular updates on the village Facebook group, and for real-time flood alerts in Geddington, visit the government’s Check for flooding website. This online resource offers invaluable information on current warnings and can help you anticipate and prepare for upcoming flood events.

Monitor the bund closely, and when it becomes active, take it as a signal to start your preparations, as it signifies that conditions have already become severe.

The bund during high water levels in 2018. [Photo: Jerry Lee]

2. Sandbags – A first line of defense

Many residents have found sandbags effective in preventing floodwater from entering homes.  Place them in doorways and across garage entrances to effectively block rising water.

We recommend storing a few sandbags in easily accessible places before the season begins, however try to store the bags and sand seperately, as filled bags tend to perish after a while.

3. Support your community

Over the last 30 years, the GVFB have been deployed a number of times to assist the village in times of flood, most notably during Easter 1998, when the burst banks of the river made it beyond the Chapel in Queen Street and up to the Cross in Bridge Street.

However, while the GVFB plays a pivotal role, it’s the collective effort of the entire village community that truly makes a difference.

Assisted by community volunteers, the GVFB has managed to contribute to various tasks like sandbag distribution, removal and protection of property, and assisting those in need. This collaborative approach exemplifies the strength and resilience of our community.

1998 Easter Floods
GVFB member Ges Hopkins about to launch the GVFB ‘lifeboat’. 1998. [Photo: GVFB]

4. Look out for each other

In our village, it’s essential to look out for each other. Check on your neighbours, especially those who might need extra help. Share resources, information, and provide support wherever possible. If you’re concerned about a neighbour but unable to assist them yourself, don’t hesitate to contact the council. In emergency situations, dial 999. These measures ensure that everyone in our community receives the help they need.

5. Protect your property

Beyond the use of sandbags, consider additional steps to safeguard your home. Moving valuable items and electrical appliances upstairs can prevent damage. Review your insurance policies to ensure they cover flood damage and keep important documents in a secure, waterproof place.

Conclusion

Floods are nothing new for Geddington. This photo of Bridge Street was taken in 1910. [Photo: Geddington Archive]
Floods are a natural challenge that test our resilience. By being prepared, staying informed, and working together, we can minimise their impact. Let’s continue to support each other and keep Geddington safe and thriving.

Emergency Contacts: In an emergency, here are some vital contacts:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>