“Council staff continue to work around-the-clock to prepare for further severe storms to ensure the safety of residents, homes and businesses, shore up flood defences, and protect road networks and power supplies as much as possible."
Council staff will be out in force supporting residents and businesses and minimising disruption caused by Storm Ciarán, the Local Government Association says today.
The Met Office has issued an “amber warning” for parts of southern England today with heavy rain and strong winds expected.
Strong winds are forecast, with heavy rain in some areas increasing the risk of surface water or river flooding.
Local authorities in affected regions have been coordinating with emergency service crews, the Environment Agency and other neighbouring councils to ensure that help is at hand should the forecast high winds and heavy rains bring with it property damage and disruption to the roads and local services.
To cover the possibility of flooding, councils in at-risk areas are highlighting the dangers of flash floods, which can wreak havoc across communities in just minutes.
The LGA is urging home owners and businesses at risk to be prepared. This means regularly checking forecasts; taking care when out and about; knowing how to turn off gas, electricity and water; and having a contingency plan for moving essential items upstairs quickly.
Households should also prepare for strong winds by weather proofing homes and gardens.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Environment spokesperson for the LGA, said:
“Council staff continue to work around-the-clock to prepare for further severe storms to ensure the safety of residents, homes and businesses, shore up flood defences, and protect road networks and power supplies as much as possible.
“Winter preparation is a key priority for councils, who develop comprehensive plans to cope with any bad weather and protect residents and businesses.
“Councils are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best. They will share severe weather warnings and other relevant information so people should make sure they regularly check their council’s website and social media and follow their advice.”