Floods emergency response in Winchester District

Press Release: 10/02/2014

Flooding on the River Itchen off Bridge Street

Staff from the City Council worked around the clock over the weekend (8 to 9 February) to support communities in the Winchester District affected or threatened by flooding.

The Council’s emergency control operated 24 hours a day from Friday afternoon to co-ordinate advice, support and direct help in partnership with the Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and others.

During the floods the City Council has:

  • Monitored and adjusted river flows through Winchester City Centre to prevent flooding for as long as possible
  • Provided hundreds of sandbags to properties most at risk
  • Visited homeowners to offer face-to-face advice in the highest risk streets
  • Provided up-to-date advice on coping with the floods and sources of help through the Council’s customer services centre, website and social media sites
  • Organised emergency rubbish collection for flood-hit Hambledon while waste collection vehicles are unable to reach households
  • Provided advice and help to communities across the Winchester District affected by flooding or groundwater levels

Cllr Keith Wood, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by these floods and our efforts are geared to helping communities across the Winchester District in every way we can.

I am pleased and proud that our staff are managing the City Council’s contribution to the flood effort in such a professional way and I know that they will continue to do so until the situation has eased.