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Flood advice on offer for residents along Yorkshire Dales river

[Tuesday 26 September 2006]

RESIDENTS faced with the threat of flooding across the Yorkshire Dales are being urged to join others from across the region and attend a unique event for advice and assistance when planning for the worst.

The 'flood fair' is a free event run jointly by the Environment Agency and the National Flood Forum and will take place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 8 October.

We've just turned the corner into the autumn, and it's at this time of year that we usually expect the threat of flooding to be at its worst

Chris Ewens - Environment Agency

Around 250,000 properties are located in flood risk areas in Yorkshire and the event will provide an opportunity for local people to see how they can protect their home from flooding and find out more about Floodline Warnings Direct service.

Chris Ewens, flood campaigns officer, said: "We've just turned the corner into the autumn, and it's at this time of year that we usually expect the threat of flooding to be at its worst.

"The flood fair is the perfect chance for anyone concerned about flooding to come and have a chat with us, and see some of the very easy steps that they can take to make sure that their property is as well protected as possible against flooding.

"We can't stress enough just how important it is to be prepared for flooding, as taking action before it happens can save you thousands of pounds, hours of stress during the cleanup, and most importantly, your life."

At the event, people will be able to find out if they are eligible to sign up to our free Floodline Warnings Direct, a free service for those living in flood risk areas, who can receive alerts via telephone, mobile or fax.

A presentation will be held on the day at 12.30pm to explain more about the service, and how it is being extended to cover a further 5,000 properties along the River Aire, which includes Earby and Gargrave.

For more information contact the Environment Agency on 0113 213 4784 or email ridings.fim@environment-agency.gov.uk

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