Following a number of community meetings, the first batch of lead wardens for Newport Parish Council’s emergency warden scheme have been trained and equipped to help vulnerable people during flooding and other emergency incidents.
Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust carried out the training which was part of grant funding secured by Newport Parish Council from the SSE Resilient Communities Fund. The wardens will provide a valuable link between the community and the emergency services and be able to cover a number of situations including flooding. They will be able to assist their neighbours and support both the community and emergency services as they will operate on a local street level.
Cllr John Hobart from Newport Parish Council said ‘We are pleased to have trained out first Emergency Wardens. The training they have received will help ensure that vulnerable people in flood areas will be identified. The training also included action that householders can take to help prevent flooding, such as not putting rubbish or garden furniture near the river banks. We are sure that other community-minded individuals will come forward now that we have got the ball rolling ‘
Cllr Martin, who also attended the training, recommended the scheme. He said ‘The training was interesting and informative and the wardens are encouraged to work to their strengths, so age and ability is not an issue. I would like to encourage residents to volunteer in their area.’
To view a guide to the Role of Community Emergency Wardens, please Click Here
Emergency Warden Scheme
Newport Parish Council, in partnership with the Footprint Trust and Natural Enterprises, are looking for volunteers to act as emergency wardens
36 Emergency Wardens will cover the 6 areas in Newport that are most vulnerable to flooding. Six of the trained Wardens will be lead wardens. The wardens will also be trained for wider emergencies to include extreme weather and utility failure.
The trained Emergency Wardens will act as local contacts, working in ward-based groups, giving guidance and assistance to their neighbours. They will also be loaned simple equipment enabling them to offer immediate assistance ahead of any requirement for the emergency services.
If you are interested and would like more information a number of informal meetings have been arranged.
Alternatively contact the Parish Clerk, Maxine Yule on 559119 or email email@example.com
Environment Agency Flood Cameras
The Environment Agency has installed three webcams in Newport – in Hunny Hill, on the Gunville Stream and at Westminster Mill – to allow easier monitoring of water levels and blockages in the culverts.
The webcams are now live and can be accessed by clicking on the links below (which takes you to an external website operated by the Meteor Data Centre team) and following the instructions:
The cameras take a picture automatically every hour night and day.
Please note that the system is designed for a maximum of ten concurrent users, so if you receive an error message when trying to access the webcam, please try again after a few minutes.
The webcam is monitored daily by the Environment Agency. If a significant blockage is identified, the Environment Agency will take action accordingly.
If you spot anything untoward and are concerned please call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 lines open 24 hrs.
The Environment Agency also provides a free flood warning service which you can sign up, to please go to https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/ for more information
Further Flooding Information & Advice
For the Environment Agency, please Click Here
For Island Roads, please Click Here
For the Isle of Wight Council, please Click Here
For Southern Water, please Click Here
For advice from Natural Enterprise for anyone living along a natural watercourse, please Click Here.