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Lowestoft residents asked to take part in flood resilience survey to 'unlock brighter future'




People in Lowestoft are being asked to take part in a survey to determine how prepared they are in the event of a flood.

East Suffolk Council, which was awarded £43 million in July to build flood walls and a tidal barrier to protect Lowestoft from tidal flooding, is working with Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance to find out how well the community is prepared for flooding.

During a tidal surge in December 2013, more than 160 homes and businesses in the town were flooded, with road and rail networks significantly disrupted.

People in Lowestoft are being asked to take part in a survey to determine how prepared they are in the event of a flood
People in Lowestoft are being asked to take part in a survey to determine how prepared they are in the event of a flood

East Suffolk Council said the money it has been awarded to build flood walls and a tidal barrier should give people in Lowestoft "much needed reassurance and the economy and growth a significant boost", but until the walls and barriers are completed, the town remains at "significant risk".

So they are conducting a survey to measure the current resilience level of Lowestoft and each household in the flood zones will be invited to participate – they will receive a flyer containing details on how to take part.

They can either do this there and then socially distanced with a representative or online or by telephone.

It comes after a pilot for the survey was run earlier in July.

Cllr Steve Gallant, leader of East Suffolk Council, said: “Communities often know what is needed to make them better prepared and this is an opportunity to help empower the local community.

"Their knowledge is key to unlocking a brighter, more resilient future for Lowestoft.”

The survey will run between August 21 and September 14. There are 10 chances to win an Amazon voucher worth £50 for those who take part.

The survey and more information about the project is available at https://www.coasteast.org.uk/zurich-flood-resilience-project .

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