Skegness resident steps up to be flood warden


A dedicated Skegness resident has said he will do his ‘upmost’ to advise and support the town in his role as a flood warden.

Dorothy Avenue resident Malcolm Gabbitas has pledged his support for the town as he has taken up the post as a volunteer warden.

Speaking at last week’s full Skegness Town Council meeting, he said: “I will do my upmost for Skegness and keep people safe.”

An appeal was put out across the county to urge those interested in becoming a volunteer which would help provide a vital link between the Environment Agency, the public and local councils to support the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum’s Coastal Campaign.

Wardens help by making calls to residents and urge them to make a plan so they know what do in times of flooding.

Rachael McMahon, Flood Resilience Advisor at the Environment Agency and member of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, said recently: “By becoming a flood warden, people can help the most vulnerable members of their community stay safe during flooding and reduce the impact it has on them.”

Flood wardens can also help parish and town councils to complete community emergency and flood plans by identifying vulnerable areas and residents and any key skills and equipment the community may have.

Skegness Town Council discussed what its own role was in terms of emergency flood planning and appointed five councillors to assist the flood wardens.

At a meeting in October, the council’s direction and strategy committee considered its involvement in creating an emergency plan and more information was sought.

Two people have currently applied including Mr Gabbitas via the Environment Agency.

Councillors also opted to appoint a committee to oversee the appointment of the flood wardens and the local flood plan which would report back to the council for adoption of a plan.

To find out more about volunteering to become a flood warden, contact the Environment Agency’s National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506506 who will direct the call to the Flood Resilience Team.