Site 6: Yarmouth
- The Yarmouth Drop-in Day Evaluation Report is now available. (pdf file)
Working with Yarmouth primary School
7-9 year olds educational programme
One of the aims of the Coastal Change Yarmouth project is to provide educational material for children at Yarmouth primary school to help them to understand what flood risks there are in Yarmouth and how we can respond to them. The children undertook a six week programme of work on flood risk during May to June 2013.
Educating children is also an effective way to get messages across to the wider community as they tell what they have learnt at school to their relatives and friends. The Evaluation Report of the work is now available to download (pdf file).
Natural Enterprise were commissioned by Hampshire County Council to work with 23 children (under 7 year olds) at Yarmouth Primary School and their teacher on an art project which would encourage the children to think more about climate change and sea level rise. Natural Enterprise commissioned Isle of Wight artist Ecclestone George to do the work. Ecclestone George worked with the school for between 11th June and 18th July 2013 over seven sessions. A report evaluating the work is available to download.
Art Project Testimonial
Coastal Change Yarmouth Flythroughs
As part of CCATCH - the Solent project, the Channel Coastal Observatory were commissioned by Hampshire County Council to undertake a visualisation of Yarmouth town to demonstrate to the Yarmouth community how they will be affected under a range of future flooding scenarios. Erosion maps were also produced using the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan 2 outputs. The flythroughs visualise three water level scenarios as specified by the Yarmouth Coastal Defence Working Group.
- The Coastal Change Yarmouth flythroughs are now available to view on the Forum's YouTube channel.
- The report that explains what the videos show is also available to download - Flood model explanation report, May 2013. (pdf file)
Coastal Change Yarmouth Open Day - 19th June
Download the open day flyer.
The Coastal Change Yarmouth project had an open day on 19th June, to which the people of Yarmouth and the wider Island were invited. This was used as an opportunity for the project team to meet the community in order to build on local knowledge about tidal surges and how the risks of extreme flooding can be managed in the future. Children from the Yarmouth Primary School children presented the work they have been doing learning all about flooding and its impacts on the town and its community.
The project team provided information on key elements of the Yarmouth Coastal Change Project. This includes a flood visualisation model of how a combination of events could affect the town and some of the work of existing Yarmouth community initiatives. Information was also presented on the work of the Yarmouth Coastal Defence Working Group, and the work of representatives of the community, led by Yarmouth Town Council, on a draft Community Flood Plan.
The drop-in event provided local people an opportunity to share their knowledge of flooding issues in Yarmouth, and say how they would like to be involved in any community initiatives in the future. A mobile exhibition stand from the National Flood Forum demonstrated practical flood resilience and resistance products.
The Yarmouth Drop-in Day Evaluation Report is now available. (pdf file)
Coastal Change Yarmouth Information Leaflet
Exceptional high tides bring occasional flooding to the town of Yarmouth. With a certain combination of conditions (high spring tide combined with a storm surge) properties in your area have flooded. As it is possible that this risk will increase in the future we would like to raise awareness and wish to invite you to become involved in Coastal Change Yarmouth. To find out more you can download our Yarmouth information leaflet (pdf file).
Coastal Change Yarmouth aims to help the community of Yarmouth understand and minimise the risks of extreme flooding events in the future.
The most recent historical flood event in your area occurred in March 2008. A high tide and storm surge coincided. As a result a number of property owners near the Quay were flooded. If a more extreme flood occurs the water depths could cause more damage and vital services in Yarmouth could become impaired.
This raises a number of concerns, including:
Potential flood damage to homes, property, belongings and utilities.
Potential implications for future insurance, value and mortgage of properties.
The costs of effective ways to protect homes and the town and how it will be paid for.
Following discussions with representatives of the Isle of Wight Council, Yarmouth Town Council, the Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners, and the Yarmouth Coastal Defence Working Group, Coastal Change Yarmouth is currently developing a visual demonstration of how a combination of events at Yarmouth could affect the town.
Help us identify practical solutions
During 2013 Coastal Change Yarmouth will assist the community in planning for increased resistance of properties (stop water entering) and improved resilience (quicker recovery if water enters). An action plan will link well with the Yarmouth Community Flood Plan currently being produced by Yarmouth Town Council.
We would like to work with you to ensure we build on local knowledge. Whether you live or work in the tidal flood risk area in the town, or use Yarmouth’s services as a visitor, we are keen to discuss what practical measures you feel would work best in Yarmouth.
Coastal Change Yarmouth forms part of CCATCH (Coastal Communities Adapting to Change), a project run by Hampshire County Council and the Solent Forum with the aid of a European Union grant. Similar work is being undertaken in Southampton, Netley, Hayling Island, Lepe and Solent Breezes. For further information please contact Karen McHugh by e-mail or phone on 01962 846027 with your details and we will keep you updated by post or e-mail as you require.