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Weather update forwarded from B&NES Chief Executive

posted 5 Jan 2014, 06:04 by Parish Council Communications

I am writing to update you with the latest forecast and position regarding the very wet and windy weather. The Environment agency are closely monitoring water levels and are in close contact with the Council’s emergency management team who are overseeing the Council’s response to the situation. Highways officers are monitoring the road network and have an out of hours call out team available if required. The Council has been prepared for these wet conditions and has taken precautions such as ensuring that gullies are clear to take any excess run-off water.


During the night there was one minor incident of localised surface water flooding on a side road at Crawl Lane in Paulton, which was dealt with by the Highways team. Highways Engineers also temporarily cleared flooding on Haycombe Drive, Bath, earlier this week and reported an issue with the surface water sewer to Wessex Water – who plan to attend the scene within the next 24 hours. The Council’s drain cleaning crew has been sent back to Haycombe Drive today to minimise concerns until Wessex Water arrive.


However the current wet and windy weather conditions look set to continue for the next few days so drivers need to continue to take care. The prolonged period of wet weather has increased the risk of land slips and therefore we are advising the public to avoid walking on river banks and near watercourses for the foreseeable future. We are also advising drivers to avoid parking in locations prone to flooding.


All Council services are expected to operate normally.


The latest update together with all of the relevant contact numbers for the public has been added to the Council’s website http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/latestnews/severe-weather-update-030114-1040am and we liaising with the Council Connect to ensure that the operators have the latest information. You can also follow @bathnes on Twitter for updates.


Met Office Weather Forecast


According to the Met Office we are likely to have a diminishing risk of flooding over the next five days. We are likely to experience some strong winds (40mph gusts) and some patches of heavy rain (2 to 3mm in a hour), but nothing like the weather of 23rd December which led to flooding in some parts of Bath and North East Somerset. Additional information relating to prevailing weather conditions can be found on the Met Office websiteThe Environment Agency will be maintaining a close watch of the river levels so that they have forewarning of any developing issues.


Who to call in the event of flooding 

·      Any resident who is experiencing flooding of their property, or is at imminent risk of flooding should contact the emergency services on 999. People concerned about the risk of flooding should refer to the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for details of any flood warnings. The Environment Agency provides an automated service whereby people can sign up to receive warnings direct.

·      If a property floods from another property the land owner should be contacted as soon as possible.

·      If a road is blocked due to flood water or the highway drains are not working please call Council Connect during office hours on 01225 394041 or out of hours please call the emergency number 01225 477477.

·      If flooding is experienced on Council property or from Council property, please call 01225 394041 or 01225 477477 out of hours. 

Other information

The public are strongly advised not to drive or walk through flood water. Carrying a mobile phone at all times will enable you to seek assistance if you encounter flooding. Please remain vigilant in relation to water levels near your property and be careful not to park your vehicle near to a potential flood risk.

The Council is unable to supply sand bags to residents. Sand bags are normally available from local builders’ merchants. Alternatively, carrier bags or black sacks filled with soil can offer similar levels of property protection.