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Portland flood hero to appear on national television
12:30pm Sunday 9th March 2014 in News
ENVIRONMENTAL campaigner Storm Wallace has been recognised by ITV's Daybreak programme for her work in the community.
Ms Wallace, 29, has been nominated as one of the show's Flood Heroes, after producers asked viewers to recognise those who went the extra mile during flood relief efforts.
She is expected to appear live at Chesil Beach on Daybreak tomorrow morning.
Commenting on the nomination, she said: “It's nice to know the majority have really appreciated what we have done.
“Most of it wouldn't have worked if it wasn't to do with the community on Portland.”
She added: “There's no way I could have picked up all of the litter on my own. All of it is a community effort.”
Ms Wallace has become a notable figure in the clean-up events that have taken place on Portland in the past month.
At the beginning of March, she was presented with a Marine Environment Award at Chesil Beach.
The award was given by Portland's Underwater Explorers, recognising Ms Wallace's individual achievement in environmental awareness.
The Daybreak production team selected the best 25 stories from all the nominations received.
These nominations were then presented to a judging panel consisting of well known personalities, volunteering experts and those with experience of working in flood relief efforts.
Business magnate Sir Richard Branson, a member of the judging panel, rang Ms Wallace last week to thank her.
She said: “He phoned me up and said 'thanks'. He said that he was going to call his son 'Storm' but his wife said 'no'.”
Finalists of Flood Heroes will be awarded a cash grant which Daybreak will donate on their behalf to a local group helping with the flood relief in their community.
If selected as a finalist, Ms Wallace said she would call a meeting to allow Chiswell residents to discuss how the money could be used.
She added: “It's not fair I choose what they get.”
A few ideas have already been voiced by the local community.
These include flood lighting in Brandy Row, a sandbag depot on Portland, and replacements for memorial benches that were washed away by the tide.
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