Floods emergency response in Winchester District
Press Release: 10/02/2014
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.