Cookham Community Flood Plan
The Parish Council Flood Committee identified some lessons to be learned from the floods in January and February 2014, including the need for better communication, and earlier and stronger coordination of responses. Working with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and others, Cookham Parish Council adopted the draft emergency communication strategy (pdf, 49kb) on 28th October 2014. It adds to the Community Flood Plan below. It describes how a 'Flood Hub' will be set up at Moor Hall. Residents will be able to drop-in or telephone to report problems, ask for help or volunteer to help others. Vital channels of communication to the regional emergency command centres and other local agencies will be maintained and records kept.
Cookham Parish Council has written a Community Flood Plan (pdf, 602kb) based on a template from the Borough Council and Enviroment Agency. It is a long (43 pages) and detailed document, but there is also a summary leaflet with practical advice and useful telephone numbers.
The information about opening the Causeway was correct at the time of writing in 2011, but is now out of date. In January 2014, the Borough relaxed restrictions and allowed limited opening to public vehicles with wardens to marshal one way traffic and advise pedestrians. The Parish Council has worked with community organisations and residents to describe for the Borough Council our requirements for extended opening of the Causeway when all three roads are closed by flooding. This 'Community Statement of Need' was submitted to RBWM for action on 30th October 2014. UPDATE new opening times for the causeway agreed.
You can view the document here by scrolling around in the window below. Or you can download it (pdf, 602kb).