Flood Advisory Service pre-Launch Visit to Cornwall


If you can cast your mind back to Christmas of 2012, most people will talk of fond festive memories of tinsel and Turkey; but for one community in Cornwall their recollection of Christmas that year is one of misery and flooding. It was the worst local flooding since Boscastle in 2004. The River Exe burst its banks flooding the village of Stoke Canon in Exeter. It wasn’t only the River Exe, the River Cober, the River Fowey and others flooded too causing untold damage. Whilst most of the country sat back and watched one leading flood expert, Frank Kelly, vowed to fight back.




The Flood Advisory Service had been conceived as an idea back in 2010 by Frank Kelly, but the devastation of flood water in people’s homes provided the catalyst to move the idea into reality. Frank Kelly’s vision was to create a single point of contact for vulnerable communities and the public to turn to for independent advice, help and guidance.




Managing Director of the Flood Advisory Service, Sarah Marriott explains. “When Frank saw those devastating images back in 2012, then more in 2013 and 2014 he just knew we had to do something about it. So we started to focus on developing a solution. It was obvious that people just didn’t know where to go for help and information and we both knew that we could help. Having worked alongside Frank for many years in the flood defence sector, he appointed me Managing Director of the Flood Advisory Service to deliver his vision. It has been a while in development but we are delighted to be giving the local community a pre-launch look of the new mobile trailer today. It’s full of lots of free information with independent advice on hand from our flood specialists via the means of a mobile Roadshow in Lemon Quay. It was a real pleasure to meet and help so many local residents today.”




The Flood Advisory Service officially launches at the Flood Expo at ExCeL in London on 14th & 15th October 2015.




Luci Isaacson, Chair of Cornwall Community Flood Forum added “The conference has been a huge success and having Sarah Marriott speak was definitely one of the highlights. The impressive mobile trailer being here in the centre of Truro has a been a great addition and judging from how busy it was today then I am sure the local community have felt the benefit from all the free help and advice too. The Flood Advisory Service will provide an essential first point of contact for not just our community members but for all people throughout the UK, as it tours around, that are worried about the impact of flooding.”




Local MP Sarah Newton added “I was so pleased to attend both the Cornwall Community Flood Forum conference today and also the pre-launch of the Flood Advisory Service mobile trailer here in the centre of Truro. Sarah Marriott and her team should be delighted with the level of interest on the trailer and it’s truly heartening to see so many people getting impartial advice on flood defence, a topic sadly that affects so many local people.”




The company plans a national roll out over the coming months with full details of locations and dates being available from their website www.floodadvisoryservice.co.uk from 14th October 2015 onwards.














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Notes to Editors:      




The Flood Advisory Service officially launches at the Flood Expo at ExCeL in London on 14th & 15th October 2015.


Please visit www.floodadvisoryservice.co.uk for more information.




Cornwall Community Flood Forum Website: http://www.cornwallcommunityfloodforum.org.uk




Dates for the national roll out of the mobile trailer will be announced shortly.