Mary Queen of Floods

Mary Dhonau Associates (MDA) is a specialist independent flood resilience consultancy working to raise local flood awareness by advising and assisting on flood prevention and resilience.
If your home or business is at risk of flooding, then we can help you to plan and prepare so that the dreadful impacts of flooding will be dramatically reduced.

About Mary Dhonau

OBE Hon DSc Hon RICS Hon FCIWEM

Having suffered the appalling consequences of being flooded myself on many occasions, I have made it my mission in life to raise the awareness of flood risk and to support those at risk in their preparation for being flooded. A bit of thought and preparation before a flood, could help to reduce the horrible impact that being flooded has on individuals, families and businesses.
 

Planning ahead breaks down into 4 sections:-
 

1)  Find out if you are at risk of being flooded by clicking this link, this will take you to the Flood section of the Environment Agency's website. This is an interactive map and will give you the level of risk your home or business face from being flooded. For more detailed  and essential information about flood searches, please look under 'useful links'

 

2)  If you are at risk of being flooded then it is essential that you sign up for a FREE Environment Agency Flood Warning via the Environment Agency website by clicking here or by ringing 0845 988 1188.

  

3) Prepare a ‘Flood Plan’ specific to the needs of your family or business. (More details under ‘information’.)

 

4) Think about how you can minimise any damage by purchasing appropriate flood protection products in advance. (More details under ‘information’.)

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WHo Is MAry

Mary was awarded an OBE for Services to the Environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009. 

In Dec 14 she was awarded a HonRICS, in recognition of her high profile for standing up for the public interest regarding flooding. Mary was also given the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award at the CII Public Interest Awards 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in July 2015 and was made a Hon Fellow of CIWEM in May2017.

Mary has been flooded herself on many occasions and has extensive experience in supporting and advising the victims of flooding during their recovery.


She has championed the promotion of Property Flood Resilience and is a passionate advocate for communities to work in partnership, with those who manage flood risk, to help minimise the disruption flooding brings.

Mary was the CEO of the National Flood Forum from 2006/10 and now holds a similar position for the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign. She runs her own consultancy (MD Associates) specialising in Flood Resilience.


She regularly  works alongside the University of the West of England researching into the resilient repair process.

Mary also project managed the resent Cumbria Resilient Showcase Project and has recently published an eBook ‘Property Flood Resilience, Stories from homes and businesses who have made adaptations to help them recover more quickly after a flood’ She is a member of the Transition Panel for Flood Re.


She is affectionately known as ‘Mary Queen of Floods’.

She literally wrote the book!

Mary is the coauthor of the Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience, the Business Guide to Flood Resilience, the Homeowners Guide to Flood Recovery and the 4-Step guide to preparing a Household Emergency Plan.

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