Flood Alert - Are you prepared?
21st December 2012
As rain is expected to continue to fall over the next few days
the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum members will be
out and about to ensure you are kept up to date with any flooding
news in your area.
Several flood alerts have been put into place within the county
by the Environment Agency which includes the Great Ouse at Newport
Pagnell to Turvey in Buckinghamshire and from Sharnbrook through
Bedford to Wyboston.
Surface water is the biggest problem at the moment and
Bedfordshire Police, together with the Highways Agency are warning
motorists to take extra care as they make their journeys throughout
the weekend and over the festive period.
Motorists are also advised to keep an eye on weather forecasts
and be prepared to change their journey plans if necessary. As the
wet weather subsides motorist should also be extra vigilant as
temperatures drop and possible black ice forms on road
Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer, who is leading the
Resilience Forum response, said: “A meeting of the Bedfordshire and
Luton Local Resilience Forum, including emergency services and
local authorities, was held today (Dec 21) to make sure all
preparations for monitoring the water levels and warning the public
are in place.
“All agencies are ensuring that they have enough resources
available to deal with any flooding over the holiday period when
traditionally most staff are on leave. With further heavy rain
expected on Saturday and again at the beginning of next week be
assured all members of the forum will continue to work closely
together to monitor the situation regularly through the festive
He added: “The people of Bedfordshire are no strangers to the
threat of flooding but now is the time when residents living in the
areas that have previously flooded should take some precautionary
measures by visiting the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience
Forum website where they can keep up to date with the latest advice
and also access the Environment Agency website for further advice
For further information householders can call the Floodline on
0845 9881188 which gives the latest state of flood alerts, and for
advice on what preparations to make can visit the resilience forum