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Flood Information

Multiple flood warning incidents occurred today affecting the main routes and roads into;


·         Upper Dean/Yelden

·         Riseley (High St and Church Lane)

·         Kempston (High St and Water Lane)

·         Carlton (The Causeway)

·         Brickhill (Hawk Drive/Stour Way)


In Pertenhall, the bridge and access roads have been closed on the recommendation of the Environment Agency due to structural safety concerns. Approximately 15 properties in Riseley have been flooded,  affecting approximately 10 people.


The Council deployed dedicated Flood Response Team staff immediately to assess the risks posed to life, property and infrastructure.  Liaison with blue light services has also taken place on the ground/on site throughout the incident(s).


The upper and lower schools in Riseley sent children home earlier this afternoon and all the children were returned home thorough the use of the schools transport team. 


1000 Aquasacs have been put in place across all locations, especially Riseley, Carlton, Brickhill and sandbags have been filled and are on standby for deployment where necessary. 


Three pumps have been deployed by the Council's highways team to deal with flood waters in Stour Way/Hawk Drive.


Transport/buses are on standby overnight in case weather conditions deteriorate.


If you are planning to travel please check the Environment Agency website for updates beforehand. Visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings for more information.


For further information on how to deal with potential flooding, see below;


Download this free flooding advice guide (PDF)


General advice to Borough residents:

• 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 (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx ) 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 hashtag:  #floodaware.
• If you live in a property at risk of flooding, take action NOW. Get prepared with aquasacs and flood boards. Please be aware that local authorities will supply sand bags following an assessment based on risk.

What Bedford Borough Council will do:

If you believe that your personal safety is at risk from a flood, or the inside of your property is about to be flooded then call the Fire & Rescue Service via 999. The emergency services will then contact Bedford Borough Council, who will assess the situation and if necessary provide Emergency Assistance Centres, transport and extra assistance to the vulnerable.


What to do if your home is flooding:


·         If you believe that your personal safety is at risk from a flood, or the inside of your property is about to be flooded, then please call the Fire & Rescue Service via 999

·         Continue to listen to situation updates on your local radio and via Floodline 0845 988 1188

·         Keep dry and out of floodwater if possible

·         Stay in your property, if safe to do so, until the emergency services tell you to do otherwise or the floodwater has receded

·         If it is necessary to walk through shallow floodwater, take care for hidden holes, obstacles or other hazards

·         Avoid contact with floodwater and wash exposed parts before handling food or attending to wounds

·         If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs

·         For more detailed information on what to do if your home is flooding, visit the Environment Agency website, listen to this message (6.7MB) from the Environment Agency or read the practical advice on what to do to protect yourself and your property.

·         Further information is also available from the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum.

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