Council Leader visits flood victims
Cllrs Jeffery and Byford speak to residents
Council is continuing to support flood victims at Reid Park Avenue in Horbury
Bridge following last weekend’s storm event – as preparations are underway for
the arrival of Storm Dennis which is predicted to hit the district this
operations are continuing and yesterday the Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr
Denise Jeffery, visited the residents of Reid Park Avenue to see the work that
is going on and talked to local residents ahead of yet another severe weather
warning from the Met Office.
She was joined
by Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and
Poverty and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, who is also a
ward councillor for Horbury and South Ossett, Cllr Darren Byford.
Members of the
Council’s communities team are operating from a church in Horbury Bridge to
provide support to affected residents. Specialist help is also being offered
to those who are more vulnerable. The Council’s Street Scene team have been on
site all week with road sweepers and have cleaned all the affected roads. Skips
have also been provided to help residents with the clean-up.
Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We understand how upsetting the
last few days have been for the residents who have been affected in this area.
been on site since Sunday, helping residents and we will continue to have a
team on the ground to provide as much help and advice as we can. Additionally
we are looking to make financial support available to those that need it.
“We are now
focused on getting ready for Storm Dennis and are working hard with our
partners at the Environment Agency and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to do
everything possible to minimise the potential impact. In preparation for yet
another weekend of severe weather, a temporary pump has been installed and
sandbags have been made available to residents.”
Byford, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Our
business support team have met with a number of flood effected businesses to
offer support and advice and to ensure they are prepared for any additional
has secured an emergency fund to help businesses trade again and we are working
with them to access this. Our priority is to get businesses up and running as
soon as possible. Beyond this, we are already in discussion with the City
Region to seek a fund to support businesses to be more resilient in the future.”
and businesses are being urged to get ready for yet more severe weather this weekend.
The current forecast is predicting significant heavy rainfall and strong winds
during Saturday and Sunday. The Met Office have put amber weather warnings in
place for West Yorkshire. The Council and partners are also warning people not
to walk or drive through flood water which can conceal hidden dangers.
weekend residents can report flooding or fallen trees by calling 0345 8 506
business was affected by the recent floods, please contact Wakefield First on
01924 306 498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org