Graham Green-Buckley, Area Manager of the Environment Agency, convened an inaugural meeting of Flood Wardens on the River
Bourne at Salisbury Racecourse's Bibury Suite.
"The aim of the day was to introduce all the Flood Wardens in communities along the length of the River Bourne to each other and to the potential benefits of the Flood Warden Scheme. Various presentations throughout the morning provided an insight on how the Groundwater Flood Warning Service works, how the
information will be received and some of the ways the Flood Wardens might chose to disseminate information to the community at risk."
"This meeting was aimed at the River Bourne on the Wiltshire boundary, and was therefore of great interest to my constituents in Shipton Bellinger. It was good to see Cllr Phil Lashbrook at the meeting together with John Tidy, the Flood Warden from Shipton Bellinger. Shipton Bellinger was hammered by the floods at the beginning of the year and we must do all we can to prevent a repetition."
"I was interested to see the Cello - a device that is lowered down a bore-hole and, when the water reaches it, telephones the Agency. If Shipton Bellinger had had more warning, some of the damage could have been averted."