Communities urged to help protect themselves against flooding

by admin | 25th January 2013

Communities urged to help protect themselves against flooding

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging local communities to take precautions against possible flooding..

With rain likely in the coming days, and much of the recent snowfall still to melt, there is a real risk of surface water flooding.

In November last year, the Service was called to help hundreds of people whose homes and businesses had been affected by water coming off the roads and fields.

Station Manager Dave Geddes explained: “Wiltshire and Swindon have already experienced flooding problems this winter, and we know that the water table is extremely high. Any significant rainfall, combined with the snow melting, could be an issue, especially in areas that have been hit before. One of the main causes of surface water flooding is blocked drains – so we would encourage communities to help themselves, where safe and where possible, and clear drain grills on their local roads, so that any excess water can be carried away.”.

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