Emergency teams in place after severe weather warnings

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Weather warnings for the next 24 hours have put council teams on alert.

Warnings of between 20mm and 40mm of rain and wind with gusts of up to 60mph came from the Met Office although at this stage the Environment Agency has not issued flood warnings for the Advertiser and Review region.

Bucks County Council adult social care teams are on alert to deal with emergencies if vulnerable people need moving to safety from their homes.

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) emergency crews are standing by to clear trees and other debris that might be brought down on to the county’s roads by gusts of wind. And gulley emptiers will be on hand to deal with roadside flooding.

TfB’s operations hub, which co-ordinates calls and crews, is on duty to deal with alerts, on 0845 230 2882, and at lunchtime today, Monday, calls had already started to come in. This number operates 24 hours-a-day and will be answered by a TfB emergency officer outside office hours.

County Hall’s emergency planning centre says the Met Office expects the rain and wind for the next 24 hours to be less severe than the storms of late October.

In Oxfordshire, river levels are also rising as a result of recent rainfall, and with much of the ground already saturated, there is an increased risk of flooding from rivers and water courses.

Oxon County Council’s emergency planning officer Bethan Morgan said: “Today’s wet and windy weather is the last thing people want when they’re looking to get away for the Christmas holidays, and we would urge them to slow down and take extra care – especially where there is standing water on the roads. If in any doubt, never drive through flood water.”

She added: “Heavy rain is forecast to continue throughout the day and overnight – although thankfully, the outlook is better moving into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we can’t rule out further periods of rain. People should refer to the Met Office and Environment Agency’s websites for advice, monitor television or radio forecasts and take appropriate steps to safeguard themselves and their property.”

The Met Office outlook for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day is for breezy days with sunshine and showers.