Bedford Borough Council is working with local emergency services
and volunteer groups to provide a joined up approach to tackle the
threat of floods affecting homes and businesses in the borough.
flooding advice factsheet (PDF)
While Bedford Borough has been spared some of the worst flooding
occurring elsewhere in the country, Bedford Borough Council flood
response officers have been contacting homes that could be affected
by continued heavy rainfall.
The Council is also working with local organisations including
the RSPCA and Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency Volunteers and
emergency services to be prepared should flooding take place.
Special ‘aqua bags’ are ready for use locally to be installed at
appropriate locations and these have the potential to direct the
flow of water and help protect communities. An additional 1,000
have also been ordered which will be available ahead of further
rain predicted at the weekend.
Advice about how homes and business can prepare
themselves is also available on the Council website
with further information on the Bedfordshire and Luton Local
Resilience site www.bllrf.org.uk
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough
has not seen the level of substantial flooding occurring elsewhere
in the country but we cannot be complacent.
“We have plans in place to tackle any floods where they may
occur and staff are working with emergency services and local
volunteer groups to prepare should conditions deteriorate. We’ve
also been in touch with the RSPCA to enable pets and animals to be
“Our priority will be to safeguard the most vulnerable, the
young and the elderly. Our trained teams are contacting homes
across the borough to provide advice and information.
“Should flooding occur we have an experienced volunteer flood
response team who will be deployed to help protect residents and
properties affected. The team have put in additional training
throughout the week in case they are called upon to help in
Council staff have also been out to key locations every day to
key locations across the Borough clearing ditches and culverts to
improve the flow of water.
“Across the rest of the Council flood preparation has been
identified as the top priority with staff primed for action.”
• In no circumstances
should motorists try to drive through flood water especially where
there are “road closed” signs.
• Listen to local radio for local road closure updates.
• Check with the Environment Agency for advice if you are
concerned about flood water affecting your property. Sign up to
their Flood Alert system to stay up to date.
• Environment Agency website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk)
or call the Environment Agency’s 24-hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188
or 0345 988 1188. People using social media can also keep up to
date by following @envagencyanglia on Twitter, or using the
• If you live in a property at risk of flooding, take action
NOW. Get prepared with aquasacs and flood boards.
• Comprehensive advice for residents and businesses on
preparing for floods is also available on the Bedford Borough
Council website www.bedford.gov.uk or via
Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum website: www.bllrf.org.uk.
As well as the emergency services and the Environment
Agency the Council is working with Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency
volunteer organisations. This includes:
• Bedfordshire Hospital Emergency Volunteers
• Bedfordshire Public Emergency Volunteers
• BHC 4X4 Emergency Response Team
• British Red Cross
• CHUMS- Child Bereavement
• Citizens Advice Bureau
• Luton and Dunstable Hospital Emergency Volunteers
• Mid-Shires Search and Rescue (MSAR)
• Plymouth Brethern – Rapid Relief Team
• Rapid Search and Rescue
• Road Victims Trust
• Rotary international
• Royal Vountary Service
• Salvation Army
• SERV – Emergency Rider Volunteers
• St John Ambulance
• Victim Support – Bedfordshire
• Voluntary and Community Action
• Woodgreen Animal Centre
The Council also works with the Internal Drainage Board and