Help record climate change

A CAMBRIDGESHIRE group is looking for help identifying severe weather events of the past 10 years…so it can try to predict what emergencies the county could be facing in the future. The Cambridgeshire Climate Change Partnership wants to know what sudden

A CAMBRIDGESHIRE group is looking for help identifying severe weather events of the past 10 years...so it can try to predict what emergencies the county could be facing in the future.

The Cambridgeshire Climate Change Partnership wants to know what sudden emergencies it might face in future as the climate becomes more severe.

Huntingdonshire District Council, which is part of the partnership, is trying to find information on flash floods, storms extended drought and other severe weather events.

"Obviously, we know about quite a lot of events, where we have been involved or where they have been reported in the press, but we believe people's memories of their personal experiences are a valuable way to capture information," HDC's environment team leader Chris Jablonski told The Hunts Post.


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"For example, if there are areas where trees are particularly prone to be brought down during gales, people may just have dealt with that without our knowing. But the information could help us manage our tree regime to reduce the risk," he added.

"That does not mean that we intend to cut down all the trees so they can't be blown down, of course. But we may be able to manage the trees differently to reduce the risk.

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"We're looking for any memories residents have - flash flooding in the summer, storms, gales, prolonged drought: whatever people remember will help. We must be ready to adapt to climate change, but we don't feel we have catalogued events as comprehensively as we could have done," he said.

With extreme weather forecast to become an increasing feature of the East of England's climate, residents can record their experiences on HDC's website or fill out a form at Huntingdon library.

INFORMATION: If you can recount an instance of severe weather that affected you or the local area, the partnership would like to hear from you. Visit www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk or fill out a form at Huntingdon Library.

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