Marlow flooding update

Mon 17 Feb, 2014

In the absence of any significant developments in Marlow today, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following key points:

  • Flooded areas represent a risk to personal safety, and as we move into half-term week we are advising people to stay away from affected areas.
  • Although we have seen more stable weather over the past two days, flood levels are anticipated to rise again due to the rainwater already in the systems. Further rain is anticipated in the week ahead.
  • These increased levels will remain for a few days, but we do not expect any properties that haven’t already flooded to be impacted. However, those that have flooded may be flooded again.
  • People are urged to stay prepared to the threat of flooding and ready to respond to the information being made available to them by all the agencies involved in the flood relief efforts.
  • Sandbag defences and temporary flood defences put in place over the past week will remain as they are, and people are urged not to tamper or remove these.
  • Ensure good ventilation if using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces. Do not use petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors.
  • Flood warning and alerts on waterways are issued by the Environment Agency. Latest information can be found on their website.
  • Further information designed to help people before, during and after floods is available here.

Crews from all 20 fire stations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes have worked in shifts in Marlow since Thursday 6 February. The HVP (high volume pump) provided by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service is still being used in Marlow.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service deployed a Unimog 4x4 appliance to the Somerset Levels on 30 January and is continuing to resource it with a crew and liaison officer.