Praise for flooding workers

A pothole repair team in action
A pothole repair team in action

Families in Cheddington have praised the work of the emergency crews for their swift action in dealing with flooding in the village.

People living in Station Road called for aid after flood water began to rise on Monday last week.

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) responded. A gulley emptying team stemmed the rising flood water and laid sandbags to slow the flow towards residents’ homes.

The Super Sucker tanker returned the following day, working until 8pm to clear 45 tonnes of water, preventing water flooding homes.

Since then water levels in the area have remained low and residents paid tribute to the crew’s efforts.

The severe wet weather has been testing for the department with workers out filling more than 50 potholes a day and pumping floodwater.

On Thursday six three-man pothole crews, four two-man area maintenance teams, and the county’s two Jet Patcher crews were mobilised to deal with road surface defects.

Emergency crews, gulley emptiers and Super Sucker crews continue to work to capacity to clear excess water from gullies blocked by storm debris.

Between the start of the severe weather on December 23 until Thursday 272 flooding sites were visited and crews put up warning signs, cleared gullies of storm debris, and cleared flood water where possible.

More than 240 fallen trees and branches have been cleared with all fallen trees on roads cleared within two hours of call-out.

Janet Blake, Bucks County Council spokesman for planning and transport, said: “I would like to publicly state my praise and enormous thanks to all members of the team who have worked so hard in recent appalling weather to make everyday living better for our residents.”

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