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Council presses ahead with flood recovery operations

Bridlington Harbourf

Bridlington Harbourf

Council officers, for a third time, are out and about in communities affected by last week’s flood events, as recovery operations continue.

The council is supporting just over 180 households affected by the floods in areas throughout the East Riding, from Bridlington to Spurn Point on the East Coast and along the banks of the Humber, from Paull to Reedness.

The recovery process began on Friday with street cleansing teams clearing debris and sludge from highways and scouts have been visiting these areas again to identify further works that may be required.

The council is also making arrangements for skips to be strategically located in affected areas for the disposal of large flood damaged items. The council will also remove any side waste left out with wheelie bins for collection in these areas.

Pumping operations to remove standing water from carriageways are also ongoing in the Blacktoft and Yokefleet area, with two pumps slowly reducing levels.

Working alongside the Environment Agency and local internal drainage boards, council engineers are also assisting with the inspection of flood defences to identify any potential damage issues.

Welfare officers have visited those affected to provide advice and guidance on issues such as how to disinfect flooded properties, how to make insurance claims and are again going from house-to-house in affected areas today to offer support and ensure that any care needs are being met. Leaflets will also be posted through doors so anyone not at home knows who/how to seek further advice and help, where needed.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “Our recovery operations are continuing and are likely to carry on into this week and beyond, as needed.

“Officers are visiting all the affected communities to provide advice, guidance and practical support and our Floodline is open for anyone who needs information or assistance, on (01482) 393339.

“We have received some feedback about the issuing of sandbags and would like to clarify our position.

“The council issued more than 5,000 sandbags to locations were inundation was predicted to occur and, working alongside our partner agencies; had staff and equipment on stand-by at a number of depots to provide a response to the flooding incidents as they developed, in line with our emergency plan.

“The scale of the tidal surge was unprecedented, with officers having to act quickly against what where rapidly changing conditions.

“The decision was taken that the council would target sandbags, through operational teams, to areas that were worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable were at risk and that they would not be issued on a general basis.

“The council did get requests for sandbags in some areas but unfortunately, due to the ferocity of the surge, issuing them could have been dangerous and, in some cases, would not have been sufficient to provide any level of meaningful protection.”

For updates, please check the council’s website, www.eastriding.gov.uk, follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding or telephone the Flood Recovery line on (01482) 393339.

 

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