Mickley First School Tackles Flood Risk

29th September 2016

Mickley First School tackles flood risk

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PUPILS at Mickley First School got their hands dirty while helping to kick off a new initiative that aims to reduce the risk of flooding.
 
 
K391677 Mickley Flowers. Mickley First School students Elizabeth Ashdown, Ollie Henderson, Lucy Gardner and Henry Fletcher with Northumbrian Water representative Ian Davison fill the planters as part of a new scheme looking at the diversion of flood water.
K391677 Mickley Flowers. Mickley First School students Elizabeth Ashdown, Ollie Henderson, Lucy Gardner and Henry Fletcher with Northumbrian Water representative Ian Davison fill the planters as part of a new scheme looking at the diversion of flood water.
K391678 Mickley Flowers. Mickley First School students fill the planters as part of a new scheme looking at the diversion of flood water with Northumbrian Water.
K391678 Mickley Flowers. Mickley First School students fill the planters as part of a new scheme looking at the diversion of flood water with Northumbrian Water.
 
At the launch of the scheme, pupils learned about causes of flooding and how to manage surface water. They were the first to take part in the initiative by Northumbrian Water which aims to work with communities to better understand local surface water issues and identify how to minimise flood risk.

Head teacher of Mickley First School, Andy Hudson, said: “We were delighted to be asked to take part in this new scheme and the children had a fantastic morning getting their hands dirty. With the support of Northumbrian Water employees they made rain gauges, explored permeability of materials and planted flowers in our new planters.

“As a result the children understand they can have an impact, however small, on their area and we hope that through being involved in this project it will encourage others to take action to help reduce the impact of flooding.”

Working with contractors Esh-MWH, Northumbrian Water has created a sustainable drainage system at Mickley First School, by installing planters and a water butt. Roof rainwater will also be diverted into a wildlife pond to help prevent surface water entering the sewerage network.