Marlow flooding update

Tue 11 Feb, 2014

Over the last five days, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has continued to help local communities affected by flooding in the River Thames area in Marlow.

An Operations Support Room, which was established at Brigade Headquarters in Aylesbury at 8am yesterday, is coordinating logistical support for ongoing incidents. The Command and Control Room continues to handle all emergency calls and mobilise appliances to any new incidents.

Thames Valley Police have declared the Thames-wide flooding as a major incident. and the Thames Valley Local Resilience forum is facilitating Strategic Coordination Group meetings at 10am and 4pm every day, where partner agencies work together to support each other.

The Strategic Coordination Group is liaising closely with the Government and the Ministry of Defence, who are supporting efforts in neighbouring Berkshire. Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has its two swift-water rescue craft and crews on standby to assist at Wraysbury should they be required.

Safety, Improvement and Resilience Manager Ian Taylor said: "Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is currently attending two protracted incidents at Garnet Court and St Peter Street in Marlow, where we are protecting properties by continuing to pump water away from about 150 houses, thus preventing untold damage.

"Our community safety team is active in the Marlow area, specifically handing out advice and fitting carbon monoxide detectors to properties that are using portable heating systems, generators and pumps."

A rendezvous point has been established in Wycombe District Council's Court Garden car park in Pound Lane, where the Rapid Relief Team, run by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is providing sustenance for crews.

Further assistance to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is being provided from the National Assets Team in the form of a High Volume Pump from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service. A High Volume Pump can pump six times the volume of water of a standard fire engine.

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis was escorted to the flooded areas of Marlow yesterday by Chief Operating Officer Jason Thelwell, where he witnessed the work being carried out by firefighters. During his visit, he spoke to residents and thanked firefighters for their efforts in support of the local community.

It is anticipated that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will remain in Marlow until at least the weekend.

Over the past two weeks, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has deployed a Unimog 4x4 appliance to the Somerset Levels, and maintained a liaison officer with a crew of four on a 48-hour rolling rota, in order to provide access to villages that have been cut off by floodwater.