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About the Chew Valley Flood Forum.

Page last updated: 24.9.2019

The CVFF is recognised by The Environment Agency (EA), B&NES and Bristol Water as the voice of residents at risk of flooding in the Chew Valley catchment and they use the CVFF as a channel for communication with residents.

The Forum aims to gather local concerns and ideas regarding flooding in the valley and represent them – acting as a pressure group. It’s main objectives are to find ways to reduce the risk of flooding and mitigate its effects, and to influence the future direction of flood protection and water management in the catchment. The CVFF is affiliated to the National Flood Forum.

Co-chaired by Rachel Wilson and Mike Curtis, the CVFF was formed after the 2012 floods, and has since engaged with a wide range of organisations including local Parish Councils, The EA, B&NES, Bristol Water, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, the West of England Rural Network, the University of the West of England and the Association of British Insurers.

The CVFF reviewed, challenged and ensured action on the studies which investigated the cause and impacts of the 2012 floods in Chew Magna and Chew Stoke. This led to the installation by The EA and B&NES of Enhanced Property Level Protection on houses at risk of flooding in Chew Magna. The CVFF helped to establish the Chew Magna Community Flood Plan and made inputs to Government consultations on the creation of Flood Re insurance scheme which has improved the availability and cost of insurance for homes at risk of flooding.

Water course gauges, Flood Alerts and Warnings, and surface water flows are recent areas of investigation. Of particular interest are the operation of Chew Valley Lake and Natural Flood Management (NFM). The CVFF Steering Committee sees NFM as the way forward for flood mitigation in the Chew Valley catchment – which is a rapid response flood area.

CVFF membership is currently around 60 households but more members would be welcome to ensure effective community involvement in flood risk mitigation.