A two-meeting course in dealing with flooding will run over the next two weeks in the central Horrabridge hall, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Tuesday September 19 and Tuesday September 26, with different agendas on each evening.

The coaching, which includes a short course on the first evening in how to fill and use a sandbag, is delivered by the Groundwork charity, which has goverment funding to encourage self-help at parish level while authorities like the Environment Agency and highways departments are having their funding cut.

It is aimed partly at certification for parish councillors to be emergency co-ordinators, which insurance companies often demand, but there is useful information for individuals included and Horrabridge Parish Council is sending invitations to all residents near the river and inviting all interested to attend, whether they get a letter or not.

A spokeswoman for Groundwork warned, however: “The evening is about bringing the community together to create a team of trained flood wardens who are prepared to respond to flooding in Horrabridge. There is lots of useful information for all residents but the evening is predominantly set up for training teams, rather than focusing on individual properties.”

The Groundwork project is explained at

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