Warning of risk of flooding in Wiltshire as snow melts

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 Mmnager Dave Geddes said: “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.”

Residents are also encouraged to help make sure the gulleys are clear in quiet roads and cul de sacs.

Severely blocked drains on main roads should be reported as soon as possible to the local authority – either Wiltshire Council on 0800 232323 or Swindon Borough Council on 01793 445501.

Mr Geddes said: “We certainly don’t want people trying to lift drain grills, but It only takes a few minutes to sweep away leaves and debris and maybe use a rod or stick to ensure that there is no immediate blockage beneath the grill.

"Such a simple thing could make a huge difference to whether or not a road floods. If every community helps itself like this, we will hopefully have less emergency calls to deal with in the coming weeks.”

Owners of premises that are adjacent to streams or rivers that flood on a regular basis are also advised to ensure they have a stock of suitable sandbags, or other flood prevention devices, to protect their homes should the river levels rise.

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7:51pm Thu 24 Jan 13

TinkeyWinkey says...

Wish they would make their minds up as weather forecast on BBC has said more snow for Swindon tomorrow
Wish they would make their minds up as weather forecast on BBC has said more snow for Swindon tomorrow TinkeyWinkey

8:20am Fri 25 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Perhaps we should all be out building snow men as this is supposed to slow down the thawing leaving more time for the water to go without the flooding..... :)
Perhaps we should all be out building snow men as this is supposed to slow down the thawing leaving more time for the water to go without the flooding..... :) LordAshOfTheBrake

10:27am Fri 25 Jan 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

^^^^

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/newsround/21179342
^^^^ http://www.bbc.co.uk /newsround/21179342 The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

12:53pm Sat 26 Jan 13

beetawix says...

TinkeyWinkey wrote:
Wish they would make their minds up as weather forecast on BBC has said more snow for Swindon tomorrow
a snowman may melt a little slower than ground snow but not significantly.
It would be ludicrous to suggest that there is enough manpower to build the billions of snowmen in every snow covered area that would be required for any potential slowdown in melt rate and subsequent flooding.
[quote][p][bold]TinkeyWinkey[/bold] wrote: Wish they would make their minds up as weather forecast on BBC has said more snow for Swindon tomorrow[/p][/quote]a snowman may melt a little slower than ground snow but not significantly. It would be ludicrous to suggest that there is enough manpower to build the billions of snowmen in every snow covered area that would be required for any potential slowdown in melt rate and subsequent flooding. beetawix

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