Norman Lamb has tabled a motion in Parliament to celebrate the work of Flood Wardens on the North Norfolk coast.
Community flood wardens are volunteers who monitor tide levels and weather conditions for potential risk of flooding. They play a crucial role in ensuring that local residents are aware of flood warnings and, when evacuations are necessary, support vulnerable people to reach a place of safety and provide assistance at evacuation centres.
During the extreme weather conditions in January, flood wardens were out working with North Norfolk District Council officers in areas at high risk of flooding such as Bacton, Walcott, and Wells-next-the-Sea.
Commenting after tabling the motion, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said:
“Flood wardens are some of the unsung heroes of our county.
“We often hear of the excellent work of the emergency services and the army during flood warnings, and rightly so, but much less is said about the vital role of flood wardens.
“I tabled this motion in Parliament to place on record our gratitude to those who selflessly give up their own time, often in the most horrendous weather conditions, to protect the local community and keep people safe during floods.”
EARLY DAY MOTION 962: FLOOD WARDENS
That this House recognises the important work done by flood wardens in protecting their local communities from flooding; notes that these wardens are local volunteers who turn out, day and night, in often the most appalling weather conditions; further recognises that residents of small coastal towns and villages, in places such as Bacton, Walcott and Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast, rely almost exclusively on flood wardens to ensure that residents are aware of flood warnings, provide vital advice and information during floods, identify and assist vulnerable residents to seek a place of safety, advise local authorities on whether an evacuation is necessary and provide assistance and facilities at evacuation centres; regrets that this often goes unnoticed in the national media; and celebrates the essential work of flood wardens in the communities they serve.