Visitors keen for action on flooding

WFFAA held their flooding open afternoon
WFFAA held their flooding open afternoon

A FLOODING event in Felpham drew in the crowds.

Scores of concerned residents attended the open afternoon organised by the West Felpham Flood Action Assembly (WFFAA).

Jane Smeaton of WFFAA has hailed last Saturday’s event as a huge success.

She said: “Approaching 200 people had visited us by the time we closed the doors.

“People started coming into the hall before we officially opened and there was a steady stream of people throughout the afternoon.”

One of the first people through the doors was the MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Nick Gibb.

He was shortly followed by Graham Jones, county councillor for Felpham.

Jane said: “We were pleased to see Nick and Graham and we are grateful for their support.”

As part of the event the group displayed information about their investigations and achievements 
to date.

The action assembly also invited the National Flood Forum to attend to provide advice on flood protection products.

Visitors were able to see the wide range of products on display, and handle and ask questions about them without feeling any pressure to buy them.

Also on hand was the surveyor newly appointed by West Sussex County Council to identify those residents who may be eligible for help in assessing how to protect their homes from flooding.

Jane said: “It is clear from the numbers attending our open afternoon and from the interest in flood protection 
products that people are still very concerned about the risk from flooding.

“Visitors also reported specific areas of concern within Felpham and WFFAA will pursue these through our multi-agency meetings.”

The assembly was set up in the wake of flooding which devastated the area.

It is a community group founded by and run by volunteers, many of whom were affected by the widespread flooding around June 11, 2012.

It aims to identify the causes of flooding and actions needed to prevent it.

The group also provides a support network for flood victims.

More information at www.wffaa.wordpress.com