Emsworth residents protect themselves from more flooding

Emsworth residents out in force to protect homes from flooding
Emsworth residents out in force to protect homes from flooding

PEOPLE power saw a community take the initiative and protect their homes from flooding with a 100-metre line of 1,200 sandbags.

Emsworth residents were out in force on Saturday (November 22) in Lumley Road with volunteers from the Environment Agency, who supplied the sandbags for free, to stop a repeat of last year’s flooding.

County councillor Sandra James organised the event with help from John Smith, of the Environment Agency, and the River Ems Flood Forum.

“I’m very keen to have actions rather than meetings,” she said. “Meetings have to happen, but actions have to go with them.”

She said she was grateful for the ‘absolutely fantastic support’ from the 35 volunteers.

Last year the River Ems flooded several homes.

Alan Dawkins, whose home was flooded, said: “The worst one we had was at Christmas. We had never seen anything like that before. It came from the front and back.

“On Christmas Eve we had three or four inches of water through the house at 5am.”

He said it was ‘wonderful to see the community support’.