Accessibility Toolbar Accessibility Statement
Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington

Leader's Blog  
  

Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Protect Yourself and Others from Flooding

Thursday, 21 January 2021

A number of flood warnings were declared by the Met Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West, East Midlands and Eastern England this week as experts predicted that Storm Christoph would bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to the UK. The Tame Valley, including parts of Mossley, Stalybridge and Ashton, was thought to be at particular risk – with the River Tame in danger of overflowing and large surface water run off expected, which could cause significant damage to property.

Residents in areas in danger of flooding were informed and urged to do what they could to prepare, including taking food, water, pets, furniture, and vulnerable and sentimental items upstairs as well as moving cars to higher ground. They were also asked to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours to ensure that they were alerted to the situation.

 

While the immediate danger appears to have passed, the Council is closely monitoring the situation and will provide advice and guidance should further measures become necessary. In the worst-case scenario that you have to leave your home for any reason, please be aware of the additional risks at this time. Most important is to avoid driving or walking through flood water, as 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles and just six inches of fast flowing water can knock a fully-grown person over.

From the beginning of this week our teams have been hard at work inspecting high-risk flood areas and, where necessary, clearing gullies, drains and culvert screens. We also worked closely with the Environment Agency and other partners such as United Utilities to minimise the risk to people and property. My thanks go out to everybody involved in these efforts. We’ve shown that even though the coronavirus pandemic is dominating our thoughts and workloads, we are still capable of responding quickly and flexibly to other incidents as they emerge.

 

Unfortunately, this is by no means the first extreme weather event we’ve faced in Tameside in recent years. Back in 2018 the #BeastFromTheEast resulted in 57cm of snow and -11 degree temperatures in some parts of the country, along with the deaths of 17 people nationally, at a time of year when most of us are beginning to look forward to spring. And who could possibly forget later in that year when scorching temperatures set 2,000 acres, or 8 square kilometres, of moorland above Mossley and Stalybridge ablaze. The resulting fires could literally be seen from space at times, and firefighters and armed forces personnel worked night and day battling an environmental disaster that would not have looked out of place in Australia or California. Both the hottest and wettest days on record in England have happened within the past 2 years (38.7 degrees in July 2019, and 31.7mm of rain in October 2020), and the top 10 hottest years in the UK’s history have all occurred since 2002. Unless we take serious and organised action as a planet, there is a frighteningly real possibility that extreme weather incidents of some form will become both more commonplace and even more disastrous in the very near future.

Our website contains a variety of other links and information on what measures you can take to safeguard yourselves during any future flood here. To check the latest flood warnings you can also visit the gov.uk website here. I know that, between extreme weather and national lockdowns, this is not how any of us wanted to start 2021. But by using common sense and protecting ourselves and those around us, we've shown once again just how resilient Tameside and its residents truly are.

 
 

Posted by: Executive Leader


These entries were filed under the Executive Leader's Blog. You can follow any responses to these entries through the RSS 2.0 feed.