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Weekly's website creates interactive floods feature

A weekly newspaper group’s website has produced an interactive supplement to mark the anniversary of floods which hit its patch.

Get Surrey, the online brand of the Surrey Advertiser Group, has produced the feature which includes video, clickable maps and an interactive timeline highlighting the devastation caused by the flooding between December 2013 and February 2014.

The ‘Surrey Submerged’¬†feature, which also assesses the impact the flooding had on the area, has been produced using multimedia editing tool Shorthand.

During the flooding the website ran daily live blogs to keep affected residents updated, and reported on readers experiences of the disaster around the county.

Get Surrey floods

An increase in audience on Get Surrey’s Facebook and Twitter channels was also reported as a result of the floods, which came about due to the overflowing of the River Thames and River Wey.

Get Surrey online editor Stuart Richards said: “Our entire newsroom worked tirelessly to give the best possible coverage and local information to readers during the chaotic two-month period of flooding.

“Now we have dug out the most striking images, dramatic video and powerful quotes, to create what we hope is the definitive account of when the floods hit Surrey.

“Thanks also to colleagues Amy De-Keyzer, Paul Gallagher, Jake Ben-David, Luke Martin, Alison Gow and Andrew Wilcox, plus Rachel Bartlett at Shorthand, for all their efforts in bringing this project to fruition.”

Following parent company Trinity Mirror’s decision to close the Surrey Herald, the Surrey Times and the Woking Informer in November, the Advertiser launched an extra edition covering the additional areas of Chertsey and Addlestone.