County Council works to tackle fallout from severe weather

Surrey County Council has been busy doing its bit to tackle the fallout from the severe weather over the festive period.

So far, highways teams have dealt with around 150 instances of flooding affecting roads since the storms struck and nearly 600 cases of fallen trees. Meanwhile Surrey Fire and Rescue Services had more than 1,000 calls between Monday evening (23 December) and Christmas Day morning, when the weather was having the most impact on the county.

In addition the county’s social care teams manned four rest centres with Mole Valley District Council and Guildford and Waverley borough councils at the height of the bad weather and have helped any residents needing accommodation due to flooding. While many have been able to stay with family and friends there have been about 20 cases where the council has had to put people up in hotels temporarily. Adult social care teams have also been visiting vulnerable people without power to make sure they have everything they need.

The council has also been working with boroughs and districts to provide skips around the county (locations below) to help residents affected by flooding clear debris and throw out rubbish.

Council leader David Hodge said: “Our staff along with those from borough and district councils and all the other agencies involved, have been working round the clock to help those in the county who have been affected by this terrible weather. And we’ll continue to do so until things improve.”

With bad weather likely to continue to affect Surrey during the next few days, residents and drivers are being urged to keep updated on flood alerts and weather warnings.

Advice on what to do after flooding can be found on the Environment Agency and Public Health England websites.

Residents can find out the latest on river flooding and the weather by visiting the Environment Agency and Met Office websites.

To contact the Environment Agency’s floodline, call 08459 881188. To report a power cut, contact UK Power Networks on 0800 783 8866 or SSE.

Water supply problems can be reported to Thames WaterSutton and East SurreyAffinity Water and Southern Water.

Drivers and residents can keep updated on general safety tips via the county council’s website and on local travel updates via the Surrey Travel Twitter feed and BBC website.

People are being urged to use caution when out and about, and to check on any vulnerable neighbours they think may need help.