Colourful way to warn of flooding

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SCHOOLCHILDREN from Hartlepool are helping to highlight the risks from flooding by creating an innovative calendar.

Youngsters from the town’s Eldon Grove Primary School joined pupils from two other schools from the region in the advisory project.

They created a series of flood-themed artwork for the calendar to increase public awareness of flooding risks.

The best pieces of artwork have been made into a calendar, complete with important messages of how to react during flooding.

The artwork ranges from using sandbags to what Environment Agency flood warning symbols mean.

The calendar also carries important safety messages like how to turn electricity, gas and water off during a flood, where to find flood warnings information, and tips on how to safeguard against the risk of flooding.

Matthew Shepherd, planning officer with Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit, said: “The calendar is part of our joint working initiative with the Environment Agency to warn people about the risks of flooding and of bad weather.

“The images produced by the children are excellent and their involvement will help us to get these important messages and advice to local communities.”

The Eldon Grove youngsters joined children from Berwick Hills Primary, in Middlesbrough, and Belmont Primary, in Guisborough.

The artwork was funded by the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

Richard Robinson, from the Environment Agency, said: “We are always keen to engage with communities to encourage them to take action to respond to flooding.

“The work that the children have done is an excellent way to get the message across.”

The calendar will be available from Sure-Start centres, family centres, doctors surgeries, libraries and schools.

Anyone whose home or business is at risk of flooding is urged to prepare a flood plan.

Visit the Environment Agency’s website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Floodline on 0845 9881188 for advice and information.