Council prepared for bad weather
21 Nov 2016 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
Northumberland County Council is well-prepared to tackle any issues caused by the bad weather forecast over the coming days and winter in general.
Forecasters are predicting heavy rain between today (Monday, November 21) and Wednesday (November 23) across many areas, which could also lead to saturated ground and issues with surface water.
The council’s Local Services teams have stocked up supplies of pumps, sandbags and other equipment across the county which they can use if needed.
A rapid response team is on stand-by round the clock during spells of bad weather who can quickly respond to any incident.
Ahead of the bad weather council staff have also been busy inspecting drains, ditches and channels to make sure they aren’t blocked as well as checking over the main driving routes and areas which are known to be more susceptible to flooding.
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “Our priority is to keep people safe and the roads of Northumberland open and we have teams of staff working round the clock to ensure this happens.
“We work closely with our partners in the emergency services at times of severe weather and would also remind the public to take a little extra care when travelling.”
Due to the sheer size of the county the council is also looking for support from local communities to provide information on the situation in their area.
If people do have concerns or issues they need to report they can contact the council on 0345 600 6400.
The Environment Agency website also offers useful tips for home and business owners to protect their premises - www.environment-agency.gov.uk