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Flooding around Charnwood

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Charnwood Borough Council has been working with other agencies to help people and areas hit by flooding over the weekend.

Borough council officers and its contractors were carrying out checks on watercourses, clearing gullies and drains and advising people on alternative accommodation should they need it.

The Council was also liaising with other organisations as part of a multi-agency response to the flooding situation.

The Council was alerted to flooding issues of either roads or properties in several locations across the borough. The Council is aware that some properties and commercial premises were flooded.

Officers delivered sandbags to help protect properties. Sandbags have also previously been delivered to some parish councils.

Rob Mitchell, chief executive of Charnwood Borough Council, said: “A large number of areas flooded around Charnwood over the weekend and we have been working with colleagues from other agencies to assist and support people in a number of ways, from delivering sandbags to giving out advice. We have also been keeping the watercourses we are responsible for flowing.

“We know how disruptive and upsetting flooding can be for communities and we will continue to work with other agencies, in particular Leicestershire County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority and the Environment Agency on long-term solutions to flooding issues in Charnwood.”

For more advice and information about flooding, please visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/flooding

People can also sign up to the Environment Agency’s flood alert service: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings?

For information, Charnwood Borough Council is only responsible for clearing gullies and keeping watercourses flowing on land it owns. Leicestershire County Council is responsible for most clearing of gullies and brooks and landowners also have a duty to ensure watercourses are flowing freely.