Thursday, 21 October 2010
HRH The Duke of Gloucester spent an afternoon visiting flood victims in Worcester before a lecture at the University exploring the impact of flooding on the community.
HRH met a number of residents in the City whose homes have been flooded in recent years, as well as meeting staff from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, involved in rescues and co-ordination. He heard how the floods of 2007, and other episodes in previous years, had devastated homes and businesses and saw some of the preventative measures being taken, including the construction of a flood bund in Hylton Road.
The visit was part of The Duke of Gloucester Lecture Series: Flood Risk and the Built Environment, organised by the Royal United Services Institute and the Institution of Civil Engineers, as part of the activities of the Inter Institutional Flood Group.
The lecture, which took place at the University of Worcester, saw an expert panel, including Mary Dhonau OBE, Chief Executive The National Flood Forum, Philip Wilbourn, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Professor Lindsey McEwen, Centre for the Study of Floods and Communities at the University of Gloucestershire, and Anthony Perry, Area Flood Risk Manager, Environment Agency, discuss flood risk issues and their impact on the community.
It was the second lecture in the series and was sponsored by the University of Worcester, of which The Duke is Chancellor, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GVCO said: “The purpose of this series of lectures is to keep flooding in the public mind.”
The panel discussed short-term and long-term solutions to community engagement in ensuring properties are flood resilient.