Survey to seek views on flooding problems

Severe flooding in Morpeth 7 September 2008.
Severe flooding in Morpeth 7 September 2008.

Residents living in areas of Morpeth prone to flooding are being asked to share their views.

Northumberland County Council is looking to improve support for vulnerable residents and has launched a survey to get people’s views.

The questionnaire gives residents who may need support in the case of flood evacuation – such as the elderly, disabled or those who are ill – to consider what arrangements may be helpful to them.

Coun Susan Dungworth, portfolio lead for adult care and health, said: “We are aware that there are members of our community who are more vulnerable than others, who may need extra help and support if a flood occurred.

“In particular, the survey gives residents who don’t receive services from us and don’t have people living nearby to help them, the opportunity to let us know if they will need assistance.

“We would encourage anyone who receives the survey or knows someone living in areas prone to flooding in Morpeth to fill it in.”

The survey, developed in partnership with residents’ group Morpeth Flood Action, runs until July 19.

It was sent to properties within the flood warning area in Morpeth and is also available online at

British Red Cross is assisting with collecting the data from the responses.

Morpeth has been chosen for the survey as it suffered from several flooding incidents in recent years, the latest in September 2012.