Portland flood hero to appear on national television

Portland flood hero to appear on national television

Portland flood hero to appear on national television

First published 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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1:39pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Tim4wfc says...

Sadly there's still tons of rubbish away from where the tv cameras go. I wonder whether Weymouth beaches may lose their Blue Flag status.

Walked along Fleet yesterday and Chesil Beach is covered with storm debris, yet finding it quite difficult to organize clean up, so well done to 'Storm' for succeeding, at least near civilisation.
Sadly there's still tons of rubbish away from where the tv cameras go. I wonder whether Weymouth beaches may lose their Blue Flag status. Walked along Fleet yesterday and Chesil Beach is covered with storm debris, yet finding it quite difficult to organize clean up, so well done to 'Storm' for succeeding, at least near civilisation. Tim4wfc
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3:13pm Sun 9 Mar 14

not too distant says...

Please dont...
Please dont... not too distant
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5:42pm Sun 9 Mar 14

oldbrock says...

good old STORM, some people just cannot stand someone's success and don't they show it, using anonymity of course!! we need more people like this, not yet MORE denigrators, fence sitters and just plain nasty spiteful do-nowters
good old STORM, some people just cannot stand someone's success and don't they show it, using anonymity of course!! we need more people like this, not yet MORE denigrators, fence sitters and just plain nasty spiteful do-nowters oldbrock
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10:08pm Sun 9 Mar 14

PossumGoose says...

Hero????
“A hero (masculine) or heroine (feminine) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs) refers to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice”
Hero???? “A hero (masculine) or heroine (feminine) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs) refers to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice” PossumGoose
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11:44pm Sun 9 Mar 14

AManFromMars says...

Community spirit yes...heroism...no.
Community spirit yes...heroism...no. AManFromMars
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7:12am Mon 10 Mar 14

portlanders says...

Well done Storm for all you have achieved. But if you do receive this money, be careful not to go spending it on things that the council should be providing, flood lighting and a sandbag depot should be coming from council funds and/or government grants.
Well done Storm for all you have achieved. But if you do receive this money, be careful not to go spending it on things that the council should be providing, flood lighting and a sandbag depot should be coming from council funds and/or government grants. portlanders
  • Score: 8

8:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

the rage within says...

I went to the beach to see the clean up I couldn't participate as my back is recovering and all I saw was storm lapping up the attention from the press one thing to organise it another to have the modesty to not want the publicity and to muck in with the others
I went to the beach to see the clean up I couldn't participate as my back is recovering and all I saw was storm lapping up the attention from the press one thing to organise it another to have the modesty to not want the publicity and to muck in with the others the rage within
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5:23pm Tue 11 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

Some attention seeking and ego building here i suspect.
Is not everyone who suffered or helped out during the floods a HERO?
Some attention seeking and ego building here i suspect. Is not everyone who suffered or helped out during the floods a HERO? westbaywonder
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