Council responds to local flooding

30 December 2013

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Officers from Woking Borough Council and environmental partner, Serco, continue to be `on call' as the Borough prepares for yet more adverse weather conditions in the coming days.

The festive period saw the Borough battered by storm-like torrential rain and high winds causing localised flooding in parts of Byfleet and Old Woking and felled numerous trees. Council officers and Serco responded to flood warnings from the Environment Agency, issuing around 1,500 sandbags to properties in affected areas. No evacuations were required

Ray Morgan, Woking Borough Council's Chief Executive, said: "We continue to work in partnership with key agencies, including the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council, to support local residents and businesses at this time of uncertainty. Our thoughts are with those already affected this Christmas by the floods and I would encourage everyone to help those less fortunate in their local community.

"I would like to thank Serco and Council officers for their hard work over the festive period and the support they provided to communities across the Borough during this difficult time.

"However, the bad weather looks set to continue into the New Year. I would therefore, like to reassure residents and businesses that officers will continue to work with partners to provide help and support where necessary. I would also encourage residents and businesses to do what they can to protect their property, while staying up-to-date with the latest weather reports and flood warnings from the Environment Agency."

Over the coming days, Council officers will continue to monitor water levels along the River Wey and Hoe Stream.

To stay abreast of the latest flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website. To contact the Environment Agency's floodline, please call 08459 881188.

For the latest weather reports, listen out for local radio or television reports or visit the Met Office website or for further information on how to protect your property and what to do in the event of flooding, please visit the Council's flooding webpages.