Update on flooding situation
Here's an update from Deputy Chief Constable Julian Moss of West Mercia Police on the multi-agency response to the flooding across West Mercia:
“We would like to reassure everyone that the emergency multi-agency flood response is currently on-going within the villages and towns across Worcestershire and Shropshire and will remain in place for some time to come," said DCC Moss.
“We also want to reassure people that whilst we are responding to dynamic and evolving situations in particularly places, we recognise that there are many places that are still flooded and have been for some time. There are still teams on the ground in those places.
“The multi-agency response is set to continue for the next ten days as the flood waters are set to recede quite slowly and are likely to be topped up again with additional rain over the weekend and at the end of next week. We would therefore ask people to take this into consideration when making accommodation arrangements for themselves and any pets or livestock.
“We encourage everyone to heed the flood advice and remain vigilant around flood water.
“We understand the devastation and terrible impact this unprecedented situation has had on our communities. Please understand that different towns and villages across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire are in different stages of the crisis to recovery journey, and this will mean that the multi-agency response may look and feel slightly different in different places. But please be assured that we care, we will be with you and we will endeavour to meet your needs.
“There is a robust multi-agency response in place; partners from Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Highways England and the Police will remain in place and thank you once again to the community and our partner agencies.
“Herefordshire continues in its recovery phase and has flood recovery grants available to those effected in storm Dennis and Ciara. For information visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/homepage/69/flooding_emergency or call 01432 260000.