Crews continue emergency flood response

Bucks County Council control room in Griffin Lane, Aylesbury
Bucks County Council control room in Griffin Lane, Aylesbury

Emergency road crews are scouting Buckinghamshire’s roads for flooding or fallen trees in an operation orchestrated from a nerve centre in Griffin Lane, Aylesbury.

Routine works ceased today to enable all county council transport staff to respond to call-outs.

Apart from pothole repair teams, the workforce - 100 staff in two or three-man crews - has been made available for emergency responses to deal with highway flooding and fallen trees.

The three gulley emptying crews and one Super Sucker team are in operation throughout today.

Seventy emergency calls were received at the council’s operation hub yesterday.

Of these, 14 calls took emergency crews to deal with surface water flooding on roads throughout the county while five were to clear fallen trees off the roads. The majority of the other calls (38) were for emergency pothole repairs.

Yesterday’s call-outs bring the total flood sites attended by TfB’s emergency crews since Monday December 23 to 95, and they have also cleared 125 fallen trees. With the weather remaining unsettled, crews are continuing to attend emergency calls across the county.

Tonight the evening rain is forecast to quickly spread into north Bucks, becoming heavy at times and so continuing the risk of localised flooding.

Later the rain should move away, with dry and clearer conditions following.