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Bucks County Council have circulated the following news update, in anticipation of continuing bad weather over this coming weekend, 14th/15th/16th February.

County Council teams are providing 24 hour cover over the weekend, anticipating further severe weather across Buckinghamshire.

Eight Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) crews are on alert, focusing mainly on surface water flooding.

And adult social care officers are checking regularly on elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents who live in areas at risk of flooding.

ROADS and TRANSPORT

With a short break in the weather, Transport for Buckinghamshire had a quiet night yesterday (Thursday) with only a handful of emergency call outs.

Today (Friday) the Pound Lane area in Marlow remains flooded, and TfB are working closely on flood clearance with Bucks Fire and Rescue, Thames Valley Police, Wycombe District and Marlow Town Council teams, as well as the RAF and Army.

Around 1,000 sandbags are available at the sandbag station in Pound Lane, Marlow, to help protect properties from further flooding, and these were replenished with the RAF's stock overnight. A second sandbag station has been set up by TfB in Dedmere Road, Marlow.

The TfB high pressure suction unit, the Super Sucker, is being used at Marlow to help clear water from residents' properties.

TfB are monitoring the weather forecasts and have eight crews on alert to cover weekend flooding emergencies, and three contract teams to deal with fallen trees.

The following roads are closed owing to flooding;

  • Mill Lane, Monks Risborough
  • Ship Hill, Burnham
  • Pound Lane, Marlow (Area)
  • Market Place, Chalfont St Peter
  • Wharf Road, Chalfont St Peter
  • Cores End Road, Bourne End
  • Ferry Lane, Bourne End

At Chalfont St Peter, TfB has set up sandbag walls in High Street to protect against rising water in the River Misbourne.

SOCIAL CARE

Buckinghamshire County Council social care officers are keeping in touch with around 70 older, disabled and vulnerable people in the Marlow area, to ensure they are not cut off by surface water flooding, and checking they have enough food.

They started their telephone checks last weekend as levels in the Thames rose and roads started to flood, and have continued to maintain contact through the County Council's In Touch service.

Social care officers visiting residents say neighbours have been delivering groceries to those finding it difficult to get out owing to flooded roads.

A couple of residents living near the Thames and receiving home care have been offered alternative accommodation as water levels threaten their homes.

Local care homes have offered vacant accommodation in case home care residents need to move out of flood-threatened houses.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Buckinghamshire's Public Health team advice:

  • Any flood water should be regarded as potentially contaminated, so avoid contact if possible, but otherwise wash or disinfect your hands regularly. Don't let children play around standing flood water.
  • Clean work surfaces before and after preparing food; do not eat food that has touched flood water and don't use food from the fridge or freezer if your electricity has been turned off.
  • Call NHS 111 for non-urgent health advice in connection with flooding.
  • Take care when using heaters to dry out affected areas: Ensure good ventilation if using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces. Do not use petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors: the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill.

A new leaflet 'How to clean up safely after a flood' is now online here

WEATHER CHECK

Following Friday's heavy wind and rain the Met Office forecasts blustery showers tomorrow (Saturday), becoming more scattered during the afternoon with the wind gradually easing during the afternoon and evening. Rainfall of between 5mm and 10mm is expected.

Early on Sunday icy patches on untreated surfaces are forecast followed later in the morning by sunny spells and isolated showers.

Rain moving east on Monday could bring up to 10 mm of rainfall, accompanied by wind with up to 45 mph.

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