Groundwater Resilience and Community Engagement (GRACE)

The impacts of groundwater flooding can be more devastating and severe than from other sources of flooding as it can last for weeks or even months. However, new approaches and technologies can help improve quality of life and reduce the social and financial impact of floods for thousands of homeowners in the Chilterns.

The Groundwater Resilience and Community Engagement (GRACE) project in Buckinghamshire builds upon existing community initiatives to transform how groundwater flooding is addressed. The project also will encompass new ways of monitoring, modelling, mapping and warnings.

Background to the project

Buckinghamshire Council secured funding from the Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme in 2021. Its Strategic Flood Risk Management Team is now working on the GRACE project with a range of partners from across the Chilterns and Berkshire Downs including Community Impact Bucks.

As a contributing partner in Buckinghamshire, we will be working closely with local communities which are at risk of groundwater flooding. We will be identifying new ways of working together to improve resilience, such as the use of smart technology to predict and prevent flooding.

Next steps

We are at the beginning of an innovative five-year project (2021-2026) and further information and local events will be announced during 2022. You can find more information on the project and its partners on Buckinghamshire Council’s website.

Are you concerned about flood risk in your neighbourhood?

  • Property owners have a responsibility to manage their own flood risk. In addition, if your property is alongside a riverbank, you are legally a riparian owner and have rights and responsibilities. For more details, read the Environment Agency’s Living on the Edge booklet.
  • Sign-up for flood alerts from the government via UK
  • Get help during and after a flood by:
    • Visiting the government resource highlighting different issues including if you need to pump out water or get temporary accommodation on UK
    • Calling National Floodline on tel 0345 988 1188 (24-hour service)
    • Contacting National Flood Forum, a charity which helps, supports and represents people at risk of flooding
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