Be good neighbours during flood risk – plea

Calderdale Council is asking people to be good neighbours during the extreme weather conditions in the Calder Valley.

As the Environment Agency issues warnings of heavy rain, the Council is advising people to prepare for possible flooding.

And it is asking householders to check up on neighbours who may be vulnerable, particularly those who are elderly and disabled.

With the worst of the weather expected over the weekend, the Council is advising householders in properties at risk of flooding to move valuable items to upper floors, wherever they can.

The Council’s Head of Housing and Environment, Mark Thompson, has appealed to people to check on their neighbours.

“People in the Calder Valley have already shown magnificent community spirit during last weekend’s floods.

“We’re now asking them to just check on their neighbours and ensure that they are safe.”

Meanwhile, the Council is preparing to respond to any flooding which may occur. The Council has a limited supply of sandbags, which it will be placing at strategic locations to minimise the effects of run-off water from the highways.

The Council’s gully wagons are continuing to check/clear gullies at ‘hot-spots’ throughout the borough.

Schools within the upper valley have been notified of the potential risk and to put their plans in place.

Welfare and recovery operations in the upper valley are continuing so a number of neighbourhood staff will be giving a visible presence.

“We are working with communities to prepare to meet the worst of the weather, should it happen,”

said Mark Thompson.

People who need to contact the Council can do so on 0845 245 6000.

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