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Council begins clean up operation around region after floods

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council has started its recovery operation following the flooding of last night and this morning.

Sixteen teams of experienced council officers are visiting flooded areas as well as council leisure centres where residents were taken after being evacuated from their homes.

The council officers are advising residents about the clean-up operation and checking on their welfare and they are expected to be out in affected areas all day.

More than 5,000 sandbags have been used by the council to tackle the flooding and a number of pumps were deployed to the worst affected areas.

While the clean-up takes place, the council - along with its partner organisations including the police, fire service and Environment Agency - will continue to assess the likely impact of tonight’s high tide, although it is currently predicted that this will be lower than this morning’s high tide.

Homes and commercial properties in a number of areas around the East Riding have been affected by what was the biggest tidal surge in 60 years.

Between 50 and 100 properties were affected in Reedness, with some residents evacuated to Goole Leisure Centre. Other areas affected include Bridlington Harbour, where commercial properties were flooded, Blacktoft, Saltmarshe, Faxfleet and Yokefleet, Paull, Skipsea, Kilnsea, Hessle Foreshore, Brough and North Ferriby.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have staff out cleaning affected roads of debris and sludge and also helping residents with practical advice following the flooding.

“It has been a huge operation by the council and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who has worked round the clock to help residents, whether in evacuation and sandbagging operations, transporting residents, control centre and customer support staff or our social services teams helping the vulnerable.

“The recovery operation has now started and we are making every effort to ensure residents have all the help and advice they need to deal with the consequences of the flooding.

“We had robust plans in place to deal with the tidal surge and worked closely with our partner organisations and the Environment Agency to deal with any issues with sea and coastal defences.”

Evacuated residents are advised not to return to their homes until they are told it is safe to do so by the authorities.

The flooding caused a number of traffic problems and the A63 was closed in both directions between the Ferriby and Myton Gate junctions, with a number of cars abandoned by their owners. A diversion was put in place but the road is due to be re-opened by noon.

A large area of agricultural fields has been flooded at Welwick, Weeton and Skeffling, some areas suffered power outages and during the high winds of yesterday the council’s forestry team dealt with 64 reports of fallen trees.

The council has set up a dedicated Recovery Room at County Hall in Beverley to co-ordinate the clean-up operation. Residents can contact the council for support on 01482 393399.

Further information is available on the council website at www.eastriding.gov.uk and there will be further updates through the day on the website and on Twitter @East_Riding

 

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