Sutton Bridge resident prepared for future flooding events

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It may be raining cats and dogs in Sutton Bridge but Amanda Ashbrook will be prepared.

Amanda, who lives in Railway Lane South, lives just half a mile from the tidal River Nene and flood waters have reached her doorstep in the past.

However, since signing up for the Environment Agency’s automated flood alert messaging service in January, Amanda has helped spread the word about the ‘be prepared for flooding’ free service via social media.

She also has the necessary paperwork for making her own domestic flood plan, which will no doubt include a new addition planned for the house – a Maine Coon, the largest breed of domestic cat. From nose to tail tip they can measure four feet, though they are described as ‘gentle giants’.

Amanda said of joining the flood alert messaging service: “It made me think about how prepared we might be if we should get flooded – what things we would rescue first and move upstairs.”

The Maine Coon is to be bought from Amanda’s £100 winnings from the January Floodline Lottery.

She won the cash prize by simply submitting her details to the Floodline Lottery, agreeing to be signed up for automatic flood alert messages from the Environment Agency.

There is another chance to win £100 cash this month, by signing up to the Environment Agency’s Floodline system and registering for flood warnings at no later than 9am on Monday, February 29.