Flood risk talk for primary pupils

Children get a lesson in flood protection
Children get a lesson in flood protection
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Schoolchildren from Sheffield have received a lesson in flood protection from the Environment Agency.

The pupils, at Kilnhurst Primary School, played host to officers from the Environment Agency recently, who gave a talk on the importance of being prepared in case of flooding, andt how to minimise floor risk.

The ten-year-old pupils were all born in 2007, the same year their primary school was affected by the devastating floods of 2007.

Class 4 teacher Samantha Russell said: “The children had a marvellous time learning all about flood prevention and finding out what they should do in case of a flood.

“They were really excited to see the equipment that the team used to protect the environment and loved having an expert to answer their many questions.

“It was a delight to see their enthusiasm for the topic and see how fascinated they were by the intricacies of a job which, before then, most children did not realise existed.”

The visit was arranged after the Environment Agency carried out maintenance work on a section of the River Don, which runs by the school’s playing field.

As well as watching a film on the Environment Agency’s role in protecting people and the environment, the children were shown how high the water got when it was flooded in 2007; the refurbishment of flood banks and storage reservoirs; and they also played an educational game about flood risk.

Operations Officer Adan said: “The school playground overlooks the river and several flood defences so we could talk to them about things they could actually see.”