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Exercise TrentEx18 – Major flood exercise from the source of the Trent to the Humber

A major exercise is taking place this week (6th – 8th February 2018) that will test the response to a major flooding incident along the whole of the River Trent, the third longest river in the country. 

The scenario will test how the Environment Agency, emergency services, councils, government departments, utility companies, the Met office and the military exchange information, provide aid and test local and regional emergency plans.

The exercise is based on a period of long period of wet weather that has saturated the region, followed by an intense storm which causes significant flooding.

Local Resilience Forums from Staffordshire to Humberside will be involved alongside Strategic and Tactical co-ordination groups, with the Environment Agency injecting extra challenging scenarios for those involved along the way to keep everyone focused and ensure it challenges those involved.

Paul Lockhart, East Midlands Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said: “We don’t get second chances during a major flooding incident so it is essential that we test our response through exercises like this one, to make sure every organisation can work together to do everything possible for communities when we are faced with the real thing.”

“We appreciate that major flooding events don’t take place regularly and therefore many people often don’t think about the potential consequences. It is great for the public to know that so many organisations will be looking out for them if the worst happened, but whilst we can reduce the risk of flooding, major weather events do occur which test flood defences and in the worst scenarios overwhelm them. 

“Flooding is dangerous and can happen very quickly. The effects can be devastating. There are a number of things you can do to prepare for flooding to keep yourself and your family safe. Find out if your home is at risk, sign up for flood warnings and be ready to take action. Visit or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Learning from the exercise will be used to shape how organisations respond to a major flooding incident on the River Trent in the future.

 Notes to Editors

      We provide free flood warnings across England to warn of the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea and groundwater Anyone can sign up. Visit or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. 

      We issue 3 levels of flood warnings: Flood Alert, Flood Warning and Severe Flood Warning. 

           Flood Alert – Prepare. Flooding is possible.

           Flood Warning – Act. Flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

           Severe Flood Warning – Survive. Severe flooding. Danger to life.  

Know what to do when you receive a flood warning and view our three point flood plan at

      If you live in an area at risk of flooding, prepare a bag of essential items now to take with you if you have to leave your home. Keep this in a safe place. You could include things like spare medication, glasses, clothing, important documents and contact numbers. 

      Create a checklist of things to do to protect your family such as turning off the electricity and gas to prevent a fire. You could also add important contact details such as the number of your insurance company. Download a template from

      Check if your community has a flood group, if not, set up your own, and complete a community flood plan. You can download a template from   

      Monitor local water levels and weather conditions. You can check river and sea levels in England on Visit the Met Office website for local weather forecasts at

      Think about getting insurance to protect your home or business against flooding. Check if flood insurance is part of your buildings and contents insurance. If you are finding it difficult to get your property insured for flooding, the National Flood Forum may be able to help  

      Think about making your property resilient to flooding. To reduce flood damage you can take steps such as laying tiles instead of carpets, moving electrical sockets higher up the wall and fitting non-return valves. Suppliers of flood products and services can be found on the Bluepages.


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