Hertfordshire residents told to “be prepared for more flooding”

Flooded football pitches of The Football Akademy on Broadhall Way, Stevenage

Flooded football pitches of The Football Akademy on Broadhall Way, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

“Be prepared for more flooding” is the message to Hertfordshire residents with bad weather forecast this week.

A subway is deep under water near Sainsbury's Coreys Mill store in Stevenage

A subway is deep under water near Sainsbury's Coreys Mill store in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue has responded to hundreds of calls since Thursday night due to heavy rain which has affected the whole county.

But more problems are expected with the Met Office issuing weather warnings for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “The flooding has had a significant impact across the county and I would like to reassure our communities that authorities in Hertfordshire have been working very hard to assist residents. We’re expecting more heavy rain this week and I strongly encourage everyone – and especially those unfortunate enough to have already been affected by the floods – to be prepared.”

The county council is asking those who believe their property is at risk of flooding to consider buying sandbags from a builders merchants.


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Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Mick Ball said: “I would like to thank all of our communities for their cooperation and understanding of the challenges faced due to the floods. The response was an excellent example of partnership working with numerous agencies coming together to respond to the issues and risks presented. We are expecting further bad weather and I would like to take this opportunity to once again remind residents to consider their safety, particularly on the roads and obey any closures which may be in place.”

Advice on protecting your home from flood water as well as the latest updates on flood risk areas can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk

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For updates on flooding and road closures as they occur follow @HertsFRSControl and @Herts_Highways on social networking site Twitter.

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