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Flooding Fair in Jaywick

Crews and officers joined partner agencies at a special event which was hosted by Tendring District Council to raise awareness of flooding with the residents of Jaywick.

The event followed huge storms which battered the Jaywick coast last December and caused hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes.

Teams from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the Flood and Water Management Alliance, the NHS, Trading Standards, Essex Police, Environment Agency, TDC’s Careline, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency came together to at the Jaywick Resource Centre on January 21.

Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley, who attended the event on behalf of ECFRS, said: “The crew from Clacton were here and Sub Officer Rick Burnell and Station Officer Stuart Hare from Training came with a swift water rescue boat to explain our role in flooding incidents.

“There was a good turnout with people coming in to get advice about all sorts of flooding issues.

“This was a multi-agency approach to make sure that people in Jaywick have all the information they need in relation to flooding.

“Our crews are attending an increasing number of flooding incidents and these incidents have a huge impact on communities. As a Service we have joined forces with Essex County Council to create the Essex Flood and Water Management Alliance which will see us investigate the cause of flooding.

“This event gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities to the public and show the breadth of what we bring to the Alliance.”

The newly formed Flooding and Water Management Alliance is a strategic partnership between Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex County Council. The Alliance will share information, resources and expertise to manage local flood risk and support the communities of Essex.

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