On the morning of Friday 15 April, volunteer flood wardens in Tonbridge held a training and introduction session for 20 prospective new flood wardens in an effort to increase the number of volunteers available to assist during a flood.
The Environment Agency and Kent County Council were also in attendance and explained how flood wardens and their organisations work together during a flood, the essential service the wardens provide and the benefits to all in increasing the number of available trained flood wardens.
Luke Thompson, Flood Resilience Team Leader in the Environment Agency said:
The flood wardens in Tonbridge are a very proactive and committed group of people who provide valuable support and guidance during a flood. The Environment Agency and our partners are hoping to increase numbers of volunteer flood wardens by between 5 and 10 people so that the Tonbridge community can be even better prepared before, during and after a flood.
The event, held in the Old Fire Station, was organised and led by the lead flood wardens themselves.
Residents and businesses within Tonbridge can register to receive Flood Warnings for free by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting the flood warnings sign-up page.