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Buckingham flooding update

Archived press release

Date Published: 21/07/07

Emergency teams from the police, fire and rescue, Aylesbury Vale District and Buckinghamshire County Councils worked through the night (Friday 21 July) as floods hit Buckingham town. Emergency plans were put in place following the flooding of the...

Emergency teams from the police, fire and rescue, Aylesbury Vale District and Buckinghamshire County Councils worked through the night (Friday 21 July) as floods hit Buckingham town.

Emergency plans were put in place following the flooding of the River Ouse.   about to flood. Reports suggest that around 70 homes were flooded.
 
A rest centre was set up and opened at 11pm at the Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, where shelter and support was available.

During the night approximately 50 people went along to make use of the centre. Social care teams identified 50 vulnerable people in the risk area, and made arrangements for their safety.

As water levels subside, most people are choosing to go back to their homes. However, a small number of people, whose homes are badly flooded, are being offered emergency accommodation at local facilities, including Buckingham University.

The rest centre is likely to close down at 12 noon today (Saturday, 21 July). Anyone who finds themselves homeless after this time, or needs help, should call Buckinghamshire County Council’s Social Services Emergency Team on 01494 675802. They will contact AVDC’s housing team should anyone require accommodation.

Residents who return to their home are advised to call a registered electrician to get their electricity checked before it is switched back on. The electrician will supply them with an ICERT. Once they have an ICERT they should contact their electricity supplier (the company to whom they pay their bill) who will

turn their electricity back on. We are advised that electricity companies will not turn on power without an ICERT.

Anyone whose home is affected or at risk of flooding is urged NOT to take chances, but to err on the side of caution and call the emergency teams for

Assistance, or follow the advice below.

Treat flood water as if it was raw sewage cover any open wounds with dressings
do not eat, drink or smoke with dirty hands - wash thoroughly and disinfect if necessary.

Keep hands as clean as possible at all times. To disinfect hands use ordinary household disinfectant or domestic bleach, diluted one part disinfectant/bleach to 10 parts tap water. Tap water remains uncontaminated at this time, but if you have any concerns boil it before drinking, or drink bottled water.

ANYONE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY HELP - CALL THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ON 999.

If residents leave their home they are advised to close and lock all windows and doors, turn off the heating and electricity.

If they require accommodation they should remember to take clothing and toiletries, important medicines or equipment, disposable nappies, baby food, bottles, etc for their baby and a pet carrier and food if they cannot leave their pet. 

Contact information

Telephone:

07947 483952

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk