Witherley Parish Council

Serving the people of Atterton, Fenny Drayton, Ratcliffe Culey and Witherley


County council flooding gangs are out distributing sandbags, clearing gullies and closing flooded roads following a period of heavy rain.

Since yesterday (30 September), crews have been called out to more than 88 reports of flooding across Leicestershire.

Areas particularly affected include Loughborough, Sileby, Mountsorrel, Barrow-on-Soar, as well as Hugglescote, Witherley and Worthington. Three primary schools were closed earlier today in Swithland, Cossington and Congerstone.

There are also reports of homes flooding in Stoney Stanton and Earl Shilton.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for heavy rain until 8pm 1st October and the authority is working with district colleagues to identify vulnerable residents impacted by flooding, supporting schools who are sending pupils home and trying to keep the roads moving.

Extra staff have been called in to work overnight to continue to deal with flooding issues on the highway where needed.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "Our teams are being kept busy dealing with the heavy rainfall that has caused disruption to householders, businesses and motorists across the county.

"We have been working closely with local agencies to try to limit the impact the extreme weather is having.

"We will constantly monitor the weather situation across the county and respond to highway issues where needed where needed. However, we would urge motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care."

Residents are also being encouraged to prepare for flooding by:

  • Checking for local flood warnings on the Environment Agency website
  • Packing a bag including medicines and insurance documents
  • Keeping vulnerable neighbours informed of any flooding risks
  • Moving vehicles to higher ground
  • Shutting and locking all windows and doors; and
  • Putting sandbags in toilet bowls to prevent sewage back flow

Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2019 08:23 by Anji Forsyth

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