Mary Dhonau offers flood protection tips to ITV viewer
Dec 9 2016
This week marks the first anniversary of the flooding that happened in parts of west Cumbria in 2015, following the destructive Storm Desmond. As such, Mary Dhonau OBE, chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk campaign, was invited to the ITV Border studios to discuss the issue or flooding and offer viewers some practical tips on how best to protect their home from the future risk of flooding.
Mary, who has experienced flooding first-hand on several occasions in her own home, was able to provide tips not only regarding flood awareness but on ways in which people can take practical steps to add kite-marked flood protection products to their home, or make alterations inside to make it more resilient to flood.
The anniversary comes as a stark reminder to many thousands of homes affected by flooding throughout December 2015. Storms Desmond and Eva both left a trail of destruction across parts of the county, with over 16,000 homes affected by resulting flood waters.
Confirms Mary Dhonau: “Over the past 12 months, I have travelled across the country meeting people who were directly affected by the flooding last Christmas time. It really is the most appalling situation to find yourself in, with the restoration work taking many months to complete. In fact, the recovery is often the hardest part of the process. To help homeowners be more aware and prepare against their risk of flooding, we have launched a new edition of the Homeowners’ Guide to Flood Resilience which includes a huge amount of helpful information, tips and even a design of a flood resilient prototype home. By downloading the free guide from the Know Your Flood Risk website, hopefully it can help people be more prepared in future.”
Adds Mary: “We are also just in the process of finalising a new Flood Resilience Guide for Businesses too – this will be launched on the website later this month.”
Following the televised broadcast, Andy Brown the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Manager for Cumbria & Lancashire re-tweeted a link to the footage via Twitter and said: “As always clear, straight-forward #spoton advice from @floodmary #floodaware”
To view Mary’s ITV broadcast, visit: http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2016-12-07/watch-top-tips-from-flood-expert/