Flood of praise: Unsung heroes recognised in Parliament for vital role during storm surge
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Volunteer flood wardens have been recognised in Parliament for the vital role they performed during January's storm surge.
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has tabled a written motion to celebrate the work of the 'unsung heroes' who guard the coastline.
They helped evacuate homes and staff evacuation centres in Salthouse and Walcott as sea defences were breached, while also issuing warnings and, in Blakeney, helped with the clean-up.
The community flood wardens - often the only line of defence - are volunteers who monitor tide levels and weather conditions for potential risk of flooding.
The motion asks the House to 'recognise the important work carried out by flood wardens in protecting their local communities from flooding' and 'notes that these wardens are local volunteers who turn out, day and night, in often the most appalling weather conditions'.
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Mr Lamb said: 'Flood wardens are some of the unsung heroes of our county.
'We often hear of the excellent work of the emergency services and the army during flood warnings, and rightly so, but much less is said about the vital role of flood wardens.
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'I tabled this motion in Parliament to place on record our gratitude to those who selflessly give up their own time, often in the most horrendous weather conditions, to protect the local community and keep people safe during floods.'
The motion reads - That this House recognises the important work done by flood wardens in protecting their local communities from flooding; notes that these wardens are local volunteers who turn out, day and night, in often the most appalling weather conditions; further recognises that residents of small coastal towns and villages, in places such as Bacton, Walcott and Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast, rely almost exclusively on flood wardens to ensure that residents are aware of flood warnings, provide vital advice and information during floods, identify and assist vulnerable residents to seek a place of safety, advise local authorities on whether an evacuation is necessary and provide assistance and facilities at evacuation centres; regrets that this often goes unnoticed in the national media; and celebrates the essential work of flood wardens in the communities they serve.