Council Leader visits flood victims

14/02/2020, PR-9296

Cllrs Jeffery and Byford speak to residents
Cllrs Jeffery and Byford speak to residents

​Wakefield 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 weekend.

Clean-up 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.

Cllr Denise 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.

“Staff have 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.”

Cllr Darren 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 adverse weather.

“The Council 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.”

All residents 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.

During the weekend residents can report flooding or fallen trees by calling 0345 8 506 506.  

If your business was affected by the recent floods, please contact Wakefield First on 01924 306 498 or email info@wakefieldfirst.com