County council crews on call 24 hours in flood affected areas

County council crews on call 24 hours in flood affected areas

County council crews on call 24 hours in flood affected areas

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CREWS from Buckinghamshire County Council will be providing 24 hour cover this weekend as much severe weather is anticipated.

There are eight Transport for Bucks (TfB) teams on alert- focusing mainly on surface water flooding- and adult social care staff will be checking on elderly and vulnerable residents who live in areas at risk of flooding.

Around 1,000 sandbags are available at the sandbag station in Pound Lane, Marlow, to help protect properties from further flooding, and these were replenished with the RAF’s stock overnight.

A second sandbag station has been set up by TfB in Dedmere Road, Marlow.

The TfB high pressure suction unit, the Super Sucker, is also being used at Marlow to help clear water from residents' properties.

At Chalfont St Peter, TfB has set up sandbag walls in High Street to protect against rising water in the River Misbourne.

Buckinghamshire County Council social care officers are keeping in touch with around 70 older, disabled and vulnerable people in the Marlow area, to ensure they are not cut off by surface water flooding, and checking they have enough food.

Social care officers visiting residents say neighbours have been delivering groceries to those finding it difficult to get out owing to flooded roads.

A couple of residents living near the Thames and receiving home care have been offered alternative accommodation as water levels threaten their homes.

Buckinghamshire's Public Health team has also given advice regarding hygiene, and said any flood water should be regarded as potentially contaminated, so avoid contact if possible.

Otherwise wash or disinfect your hands regularly and don’t let children play around standing flood water.

They also advise to take care when using heaters to dry out affected areas: ensure good ventilation if using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces.

Do not use petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors: the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill.

The following roads are closed owing to flooding;

• Mill Lane, Monks Risborough

• Ship Hill, Burnham

• Pound Lane, Marlow (Area)

• Market Place, Chalfont St Peter

• Wharf Road, Chalfont St Peter

• Cores End Road, Bourne End

• Ferry Lane, Bourne End

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