Press release

Keep your eye on the ball. Be prepared, be flood aware

The Environment Agency and Middlesbrough FC team up to promote new flood warning service Middlesbrough residents

Representatives from the Environment Agency, Middlesbrough Football Club, Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Emergency Planning Forum at the launch of the new service
Representatives from the Environment Agency, Middlesbrough Football Club, Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Emergency Planning Forum launching the new service at the Riverside Stadium

The Environment Agency and Middlesbrough Football Club are teaming up to help protect residents from flooding.

Residents will benefit from the new fluvial Flood Warning Service, run by the Environment Agency, for properties in Middlesbrough city centre.

The service, which went live on February 25,helps protect over 1600 properties alongside the Middlesbrough Becks by warning them before the onset of flooding. Residents can sign up to receive warnings via landlines, email and mobile phones.

Middlesbrough Football Club is supporting the new service, which is the first of its kind in Middlesbrough, and benefits properties by Middle Beck, Ormesby Beck, Marton West Beck, Spencer Beck and Newham Beck.

Jonathan Woodgate, Captain, Middlesbrough Football Club said;

We are proud to support the Environment Agency in launching this vital service to help residents become flood aware.

Flooding can strike at any time, if you live in an area at risk don’t take your eye of the ball, make sure your prepared.

Chris Hood, Flood Risk officer at the Environment Agency said;

We are working hard to protect the residents of Middlesbrough from the risk of flooding.

One of our biggest challenges is ensuring communities are aware of their flood risk, and improving knowledge of what can be done to reduce its impact. The new service will allow people time to prepare before flooding occurs.

Residents can sign up to receive the warning through their landlines, mobile phones and emails by signing up online through our website or calling Floodline.

People can sign up for the new service by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188, or by visiting www.gov.uk/flood.

Published 26 February 2015