Lowdham FLAG was formed in February 2020 after the devastating flood on 13 Feb. As soon as it was formed Covid hit and the group focused on helping the village through the pandemic. The group returned to looking at flooding in Autumn 2020 and developed relationships with National Flood Forum, Lowdham Parish Council, Environment Agency, Notts County Council , Via EM, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Trent Rivers Trust. Lowdham FLAG became a Community Interest Group, registered with the Charity Commission number 1197083 on 13 Dec 2020.
Within Lowdham, FLAG
- works with local agencies to help reduce high water flows into the village, store water in the village and enable water to speedily exit the village.
- co-ordinates ‘paired volunteers’ to help people who’s properties are susceptible to flooding.
- monitors water courses through the ‘water course walkers’ and ‘puddle watchers’ group
- records beck levels through ‘photo recorders’ group
- informs the village on weather and flood situations through Facebook, Twitter and the website
Disclaimer: On our website and on our Facebook group Lowdham FLAG are not able to get involved at an individual level or to personal enquiries except where the individual is requesting practical flooding support in a flood event or potential flood event. We are unable to provide advice or recommendations for the purchase of items or assets, or of services. While we may appreciate your concerns, we can only direct members to the relevant authorities responsible, so that individuals can act according to professional and relevant information and/or legal advice.
FLAG has published two documents
- Flood report in response to the general lack of knowledge about how flooding occurs in Lowdham
- Flood booklet to help people know what to do about flooding
The National Flood Forum defines Flood Action Groups as a representative voice for their community and their aim is to work in partnership with the Agencies and Authorities whose work involves flood risk.
Through these ‘grass-root’ groups, communities are able to;
- address their concerns over malfunctioning assets/and other issues
- be constantly in touch with what is intended for their community
- know procedures that are already in place regards routine maintenance
- have a voice as to the future flood risk of their community through consultation.
- Instigate ‘flood watchers’
- Create awareness of flood risk to the wider community
- Prepare to reduce the impact on the community should a flood event occur