Extra crews drafted in to deal with storms

Crews will be on hand to deal with road flooding
Crews will be on hand to deal with road flooding

Extra resources have been lined up to deal with further wet and windy weather forecast over Bucks during the weekend.

Four additional county council emergency stand-by crews will join the four already on duty and three gulley emptiers and the ‘Super Sucker’ crew will also be deployed across the county.

More than 1,350 filled sandbags are ready for any highway flooding, and a similar number are waiting to be filled if needed.

Since the severe weather started before Christmas, 119 fallen trees have been cleared and 70 surface water flood sites attended.

In the past 24 hours crews responded to a further 67 emergency calls received by the operations hub.

Janet Blake, Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to our teams who have done, and continue to do a superb job in coping with all the emergencies following the recent bad weather, especially with all the hard work they did over the festive period.”

Her deputy Ruth Vigor-Hedderly added: “It has been a real team effort by everyone concerned in reacting to this recent bad weather and keeping our roads as clear as possible. My thanks goes out to all those involved.”

The Environment Agency says there was 10-25 mm of rainfall over the Thames Valley area in the past 24 hours.

Showers moving through the area today (Friday) are expected to die out overnight and more heavy rainfall is expected tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

To report any flooded roads or fallen trees, please call 0845 230 2882. You can keep up to date with the latest alerts by following us on Twitter - @tfbalerts

Updated flood alert information about local rivers can be found on the Environment Agency website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk