06 September 2017

Help is still available for communities in areas of Northamptonshire at risk of flooding.

Last year Northamptonshire County Council launched the Pathfinder II project, which allowed communities to apply for support to help reduce the likelihood of surface water flooding.

The three-year project aims to help up to 30 communities, which can either be based in urban or rural settings and be residential or commercial or a combination of both.

Communities are being invited by the council to submit a basic application explaining how the initiative could be of benefit to them.

The successful applicants would need to identify community members who can be flood wardens and someone who will be the main point of contact for their area.

In return they would then benefit from a flood survey, which would be undertaken by civil engineers and support in developing community action plans and longer-term solutions

The money for the initiative has been made available from the Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and follows on from the initial Pathfinder project, which was launched three years ago.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:


Being a victim of flooding is an extremely upsetting experience and can be very disruptive for a long time after the event.

“What’s great about the Pathfinder project is that flood resilience measures are tailor-made for the individual communities by mixing historical experience with current information from a professional survey.

“Quite often it is some very basic measures that are needed to make a significant difference, so any communities that think they could benefit should apply.”

Any community can apply, with the scheme aimed at geographical areas. These can be villages, residents’ groups, industrial estates or a group of town centre businesses.

To apply go to the Flood Toolkit website.

How-to guides

The county council has also updated its guidance for both householders and communities on how to prepare for the potential of flooding.