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Humber region flooding update

6 December 2013

Across Humberside it has been an extremely busy couple of days following a storm surge that hit the area. This resulted in a number of homes being evacuated due to flooding, damage to buildings and road traffic incidents as a result of heavy winds and extreme disruption to road and rail networks.

This presented the emergency services, local authorities and a number of other agencies with a great deal of challenges as they all came together in order to minimise the impact of the incident on residents, businesses and road and rail users across the area.

Chief Fire Officer Richard Hannigan said: “The emergency situation is now over. The last 24 hours have been a particularly difficult time for our communities. Emergency services and partner organisations have worked continuously to provide support, keep people safe and updated as the situation developed.

“All agencies and the public have done a tremendous job with the incident we faced, supporting each other and spreading the word that this was a serious situation. While the emergency is now over, we must not forget the people who have been affected by the flood water so close to the Christmas period. The local authorities will now assist those affected by the incident and I hope our communities can continue to work together to support those who have suffered damage to their homes or businesses,” CFO Richard Hannigan added.

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Donald from Humberside Police said: “Over the last 24 hours the Humberside region has been subject to exceptionally high tides with some levels the highest recorded in 60 years. Many flood defences were breached with hundreds of people being rescued from their homes. At the peak, 16 severe flood warnings were issued in our area, which are only issued when flooding poses a significant threat to life.

“As the Strategic Commander I was delighted with the multi-agency response in the area who worked in difficult circumstances through the night, many in flooded areas; protecting the public in some cases rescuing them. I would also like to thank members of the public for their cooperation and support during testing times and the local media also deserve a lot of praise for keeping the public informed of developments quickly and effectively,” ACC Stuart Donald said.

Local authorities are undertaking clean-up operations across affected areas as the region returns to normality following the flooding and heavy winds. They are also providing support and advice to residents who have been adversely affected by the last 48 hours.

If residents require support from their council the can be contacted on the numbers below:

• East Riding Council – 01482 393939
• Hull City Council – 01482 300 300
• North Lincolnshire Council – 01724 297000
• North East Lincolnshire Council – 01472 313131

A new leaflet Flooding: advice for the public is now available, produced by Public Health England in collaboration with the Environment Agency (England) to help those at risk of flooding. This includes what do to after a flood, including cleaning up safely.

This evening’s high tide is expected to be a normal high tide and should not exceed this morning’s level. If you are concerned about flooding in your area, sign up to the Environment Agency’s Flood Warnings Direct by registering via the website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk or by calling 0845 988 1188.