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Birmingham FloodFest

Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency hosted the FloodFest event on the 9th November 2015 to raise awareness of flood risk and promote the work that they are doing across the Birmingham area.  The event ran primarily as a drop in session, with a series of stalls from key stakeholders including Birmingham Resilience Team, Seven Trent Water, AMEY and a range of other partners also partcipated at the event. The aim was to reach as many people as possible. 

The event was also used to launch Birmingham’s Flood Risk Management Strategy Consultation and Surface Water Management Plan, with Councillor Tahir Ali  in attendance towards the end of the afternoon to deliver a key note speech.  The event was hosted in the Banqueting Suite of Birmingham’s Council House and ran from 2pm – 8pm.

It was a successful event where over 150 people attended during the day. See comments below from some of the many visitors. 

Very friendly and information stall holders

Found what we were looking for, and met the right people for the help we needed

Very useful – provided the information I required

Useful as to how water is being treated, prior to reaching rivers / pipes.  Particularly the ‘open treatment’ ideas, rather than initially using pipes

Very worthwhile

Feel more positive than I did that ‘the powers that be’ are looking at our situation and trying to find some practical solutions to it

It opened my eyes to the problems encountered with dealing with the amount of water existing on our flood plain.  Also ascertaining who to contact with any future problems.

I found additional information about areas local to me at flood risk that BCC and ST are aware of and working to protect.

Saw an article in ‘Express and Star’ on Saturday.  I was in Oldbury at a meeting and decided to call.  Very useful.

It was helpful to see what is being done to reduce households’ flooding risk (able to see risk to individual properties).  Also basic info like ‘fat traps’ (sewers) and covers for ventilation bricks etc.

Very informative regarding flood risk and alleviation.

I thought it was very useful especially regarding guidance and flood risk alleviation.

Very important information I can share with everyone.

The event has been very educational and helpful.

Very good.

Some useful info – some good ideas.  Interesting display.

Very useful to have events like this.  People I talked to could not necessarily answer all questions, but were happy to find out more.  A few people seemed to be more interested talking to themselves.

It was a good opportunity to speak with the agencies involved – all in one place.  All were very helpful and informative.

Smaller than I expected – useful to talk!

It’s a good thing to have in Birmingham.

Good idea especially for residents.  Useful to see plans and visions.

An interesting event.  Good to see the vision for Birmingham and how water and flood management is an integral component.

Brilliantly organised.

Very useful to meet partners normally contacted by phone / email.

Pitched at an understandable level.  Good visuals on the Environment Agency stands.

Great event.  Interesting to have all the stakeholders in one place.  Thanks.

An excellent display and plenty of enthusiasm

Very good presentation / multi-agency partnership working

Good, practical advice

Lots of info available, however too much to take in on this initial visit.  Great to be able to ask question and raise concerns with all the partnering bodies.  Would hope that more of these events take place in the future after I’ve had time to digest and look into some of the very useful literature I’ve received this evening.  I found it hard to hear the speakers and would wish for the mic to be placed a little closer next time.  All in all a very useful event, thank you.

Absolutely wonderful, answered all my questions and I know more on surface flooding.

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