Flooding advice from Wiltshire Council
Wiltshire Council has issued the following advice this morning:
|As you have seen on news reports the poor weather has been causing some flooding issues throughout the county, predominantly in the north. With the forecast predicting further rain as well as strong gusts of winds tonight and over the weekend, and with the increased threat of groundwater flooding in chalk catchment areas, it is advisable to familiarise yourself with the council sandbag policy.Sandbags
If your property is in imminent danger of flooding please telephone 0800 232323 or out of hours call 01722 413834 to request assistance.
Please note sandbags will only be provided in response to emergency situations. You cannot collect sandbags from any of our depots.
If you require sandbags as a precautionary measure you will need to make your own arrangements to purchase them from local suppliers.
Wiltshire Council has in place an Emergency Management Plan and will respond to flooding events. We do not have a statutory duty to provide sandbags, but experience shows that the community expects the council to help if flooding is imminent. It is important that we handle enquiries sympathetically but in accordance with the following principles:
Parishes that hold Community Emergency Plans which may incorporate specific flood related information should ensure that these plans are current and up to date.
Also remember that flood water holds hidden dangers such as lifted drain covers, pollution, trip hazards etc and that fast flowing water can easily lift a person off their feet.