Richmond Council says it has plans in place if flood threat increases
By Teddington People | Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 14:36
Richmond Council announced today that it is ready to activate local emergency plans, should the threat from flooding increase.
Teddington Lock this morning.
Trowlock Island, Teddington, Hampton, and Hampton Wick have already been affected by high river levels and placed on flood warnings or flood alerts by the Environment Agency.
However, the Council warns, areas that are already prone to high tides are also likely to see a rise in the amount of water moving further inland than normal.
The Council says it is working closely with London Fire, local Police, the Environment Agency and local flood wardens to monitor the situation.
It is also reviewing 'at risk' areas and is increasing its sandbag reserves so they can be distributed by the weekend. Sandbags will be prioritised for essential infrastructure, for areas identified at risk and for the elderly and vulnerable.
The Council is also advising residents to sign up to e-updates from the Environment Agency and to monitor local tide times.
Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:
"As a tidal borough, that straddles both sides of the river, we regularly have high tides that come far ashore. However, due to the high river levels upstream and heavy rainfall, we know that some areas of the borough are at risk of flooding.
"I would like to issue this reassurance that the safety and wellbeing of all residents is at the heart of everything we do, and Cabinet Members and Council Senior Officers are working together with our partners to ensure we have emergency plans prepared should any homes be at risk. Support to residents on Trowlock Island has already been provided to ensure that they can safely access their properties."
If you're concerned about flooding you can call: 020 8891 1411
Sign up for Environment Agency flood warning updates.
To find out more about the Council's flooding guidance visit the Council website
To check tide times visit the BBC website.