Support for local authorities after Storm Eva | Westminster Hall

Councils have been at the forefront of activity ahead of, during and after flooding to support their residents and businesses.


Councils have been at the forefront of activity ahead of, during and after flooding to support their residents and businesses. This includes monitoring weather forecasts and keeping residents informed through regular postings on their websites and via social media.

Teams were involved in clearing roadside drains and gullies to alleviate the risk of road flooding, managing road closures, and supporting rescue of stranded motorists as well as assessment of damages to local transport infrastructure.

Emergency rest centres and emergency accommodation were set up for families evacuated from their homes and plans were put in place to ensure other vulnerable and elderly residents were not put at risk and could still access the necessary council services. Skips to remove flood-damaged goods and other debris have been provided as well as other equipment to assist with recovery, including dehumidifiers, cleaning equipment and access to specific council-run hardship grants. Many staff were diverted from their normal duties and other placed on standby to work with emergency services and other partners as required to get help to where it was needed.