Extra crews on stand-by for more bad weather

Flooding on the River Great Ouse, near Bourton Mill, in Buckingham
Flooding on the River Great Ouse, near Bourton Mill, in Buckingham

Four extra Transport for Bucks (TfB) emergency stand-by crews will join the four already on duty to deal with further wet and windy weather forecast across Bucks during the weekend.

Three gulley emptiers and the ‘Super Sucker’ crew will be deployed across the county.

More than 1,350 filled sandbags are ready for any highway flooding, and a similar number are waiting to be filled if needed.

Since the severe weather started before Christmas, 119 fallen trees have been cleared and 70 surface water flood sites attended.

In the past 24 hours, crews responded to a further 67 emergency calls received by the operations hub.

Bucks County Council cabinet member for planning and transport, Janet Blake, said: “I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to our teams who have done, and continue to do, a superb job in coping with all the emergencies following the recent bad weather, especially with all the hard work they did over the festive period.”

The Environment Agency says there has been 10-25 mm of rainfall over the Thames Valley area in the past 24 hours.

Showers moving through the area today,Friday, are expected to die out overnight and more heavy rainfall is expected tomorrow morning.

To report any flooded roads or fallen trees, call 0845 230 2882.

You can keep up to date with the latest alerts on Twitter @tfbalerts

Updated flood alert information about local rivers can be found on the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk