Wednesday, 2 January 2013

A very wet end to the year

The last few days before Christmas saw the rain come back with a vengeance, with fields covered in water, and drains and ditches full.

For residents who had been flooded in June, and some just moving back into their homes after six months disruption, this was a very distressing and anxious time for all affected.

Some roads were so flooded they had to be closed, causing delays for those travelling.

Throughout Christmas and New Year I received regular updates which have kept me informed and details of flood alerts whether red or amber.

Communications are so important in such circumstances, and here is where our website can be so useful with advice and information, as is the local radio stations who also provide bulletins. We will always be reliant on them to regularly distribute updates - so a big thank you to them. To see the latest on any severe weather warnings or flooding issues, click here. You can also follow us on Twitter and keep up-to-date with the latest news.

Our Emergency Management Team were in full action over the Christmas period with daily meetings, monitoring and assessing the situation, and doing their best to manage things as the rain continued to fall. Highways were busy distributing sandbags, organising pumping in areas where needed and knocking on residents doors to alert them to rising floodwater, and the Fire and Rescue Service was manned and available for call out, including putting out flood barriers where needed. We will have the usual review meeting between services to find out what went well and not so well, to learn for the future.
However, as a County Council we need to get on with drainage works, get the ditch register complete and look at how the prolonged rainfall has impacted on the roads and what we need to do, which is why I will be holding a meeting shortly to see we get on with it.

The heavy rain has also led to an increase in the number and size of potholes being reported to the County Council. Our contractor, Balfour Beatty, has been busy assessing and fixing potholes throughout the holiday period, and that work will continue.

It’s easy to report a pothole to the County Council, just visit the Love West Sussex website. You can report potholes and other issues there and also upload a photo of the issue to the live map. Click here to find out more.

May 2013 be peaceful and drier for us all.

Best wishes,
Louise

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