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Proposals for a flood resilience campus of “global significance” in Scunthorpe have been welcomed by the Emergency Planning Society.

North Lincolnshire Council has provided a site off the A18 Mortal Ash Hill near Ashby Ville in Scunthorpe for the construction of ‘Ark’, the state-of-the-art National Flood Resilience Centre.

The project is being jointly developed by the University of Hull and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. It is designed to simulate safe, real-life flood events, helping regional, national and international communities to be better prepared when floods occur. Firefighters from across Europe have already expressed interest in using the facility for training.

The bid comes after Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft raised a question with the Secretary of State for Environment, Flood and Rural Affairs (Defra) in Parliament. She said: “The recent flooding incidents show very clearly that there is a need for better resilience and better planning for flooding events.

“May I ask the Secretary of State to look closely at the bid submitted by Humberside fire authority, along with Hull University and North Lincolnshire Council, for a national flood resilience centre at a site in Scunthorpe?”

The Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers MP, confirmed the bid was being looked at “very seriously.”

The purpose built centre of excellence will allow vital research on urban hydrological processes, channel-floodplain interaction and fluid-structure interactions and make the UK a world leader in flood rescue, research and resilience. The facility will ensure better training for staff who work in and around water, supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of rescue personnel. The University of Hull will also use the facility for research and development purposes, hoping to create new, innovative products to help community live with flooding.

EPS Chair Jacqui Semple said: “We fully support these proposals. We are just about to launch a Professional Working Group on flood resilience and recognise just how devastating flooding can be. This facility would be a fantastic resource not just for those working in flood prevention and resilience across the UK, but across the world.”

You can read more here: https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/world-leading-flood-resilience-centre-set-for-for-scunthorpe/