Flood emergency response exercise

I took considerable comfort recently when I witnessed a small part of the multi-agency surface water flood response exercise for Shropshire. Police, fire & rescue, Environment Agency and Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils were amongst those testing their response to events such as those in 2000 and 2007 which caused such damage to property in Much Wenlock.

This exercise In March was played out using Coalbrookdale, Llanyblodwel and Much Wenlock as case studies – all communities that are susceptible to quick-to-peak surface water flooding events when the ground is either rock-hard or totally saturated. In either case, the water simply moves at increasing pace downhill and is undiscerning about where it goes.