Marlow flooding update

Wed 12 Feb, 2014

Above: A representative from the Ministry of Defence is now working with the flood partners.

Below: Although pumping from the drain in Garnet Court brings the water level down, it quickly rises if the pumps are turned off.

The rendezvous point that was established in Wycombe District Council's Court Garden car park in Pound Lane, Marlow, has now become a joint service coordination centre run by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service from a Command and Control vehicle. A representative from the Ministry of Defence is now working with the flood partners, and local authorities are providing personnel and supplies of sandbags.

The Rapid Relief Team run by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church remains in attendance and is providing sustenance for crews and other responders.

Further assistance is still be being provided to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service from the National Assets Team in the form of a High Volume Pump from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's community safety team remains active in the Marlow area, specifically handing out advice and fitting carbon monoxide detectors to properties that are having to use portable heating systems, generators and pumps.

Yesterday (Tuesday 11 February) Dominic Grieve, Attorney General and MP for Beaconsfield, visited Marlow to see the extent of the flooding and to see what is being done to prevent further damage.

Crews have been working in shifts in Marlow since Thursday 6 February. There are currently two fire engines and a High Volume Pump pumping water from Garnet Court, off Pound Lane, and one fire engine pumping water from St Peter Street. A number of portable pumps are also in use.

Ian Taylor, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Safety, Improvement and Resilience Manager, said: "We anticipate that we will remain in Marlow until at least the middle of next week."

Two fire engines from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service - one from Marlow, and one from Amersham - are currently supporting Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service by providing fire cover for Maidenhead.

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. This is to help provide access to Muchelney and other villages that have been cut off by floodwater. This arrangement is also expected to continue until the middle of next week.

Crews from the following fire stations have worked shifts in Marlow since Thursday: Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Brill, Buckingham, Chesham, Gerrards Cross, Great Missenden, Haddenham, High Wycombe, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Stokenchurch and Winslow.