Friday, 14 February 2014

Cambridge Continues To Prepare For Flooding Risk

With more wet weather on the horizon, Cambridge City Council officers continue to work with partners from the Environment Agency and the emergency services to monitor parts of Cambridge that may be at risk of flooding.

With levels at their highest for some years in recent weeks, and more rain forecast, officers and partners have been monitoring river and watercourse levels in the city as well as clearing out any debris and blockages.

Residents and businesses can check if they are at risk of flooding and receive pre-emptive warnings by registering online with the Environment Agency Floodline information service at www.environment-agency.gov.uk or by calling 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188.

There is advice on how to prepare a flood plan and how to prepare your property or business in the event of flooding on the Environment Agency website. There is also information available on the City Council website about the roles of each agency in responding to flooding.

The City Council has an emergency planning officer on call 24/7 working with the police, fire and rescue services and the Environment Agency to co-ordinate responses during severe flooding.

The Council can provide local advice to the public about the incident and what to do.

It also will set up rest centres for people evacuated from their homes and arrange temporary shelters or accommodation for those people who have nowhere else to go.

If your property or business is at risk, you can purchase empty sandbags and sand from builders’ merchants or DIY stores. The Council has a limited supply of sandbags which it will target at the most vulnerable.

If conditions worsen and you are in imminent risk of being flooded, you are advised to take precautions such as moving valuable items upstairs and moving vehicles away from risk areas. You can also help by alerting neighbours, and if flooding is imminent, switching off gas and electricity.

Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive, said, "We have been monitoring the potential for flooding in Cambridge on an ongoing basis. We have plans in place with our partners and will do all we can to support residents who have been affected. Residents can help themselves prepare by checking whether their property is at risk and take any necessary precautions."