The river levels on the Thames are expected to rise slightly through to the middle of the week but should stabilise and start to fall towards the weekend.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service continue to have a number of High Volume Pumps (HVP) units in the lower Thames area which have been deployed at the request of tactical advisors to start pumping out water at strategic locations in a bid to help with the start of the recovery process.
Around 600 staff from all agencies continue to work around the clock to protect homes, businesses and communities affected.
- More than 1,000 homes in the Surrey area have been flooded while a further 2000 to 2500 have been affected.
- More than 3,000 homes in high risk areas have now been visited to issue flood warnings and advice on evacuation procedures and further house to house visits are continuing to other at risk properties.
- Firefighters and other agencies have rescued 1,124 people from flooded homes near the Thames since the flooding began.
- Extra patrols via boat, foot and cars patrols are out in force patrolling affected areas as well as number-plate recognition cameras have been stationed on routes in and out to deter criminal activity to protect empty properties.
- 57 on-going road closures remain in place across the county with 60 roads in total affected by flooding so please check travel update such as Twitter account @surreytravel for the latest information.
Surrey Police continues to have around 130 dedicated officers working on flooding at any one time. Advice on water safety and securing your property is available on the Surrey Police website at www.surrey.police.uk/keeping-safe/protecting-you-and-your-family/flood-advice
Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “As this is half term week, we are asking parents to be mindful of the potential dangers of deep or fast flowing open water and remind their children to stay away from floodwater.
“Whilst some more rain is due over the next few days, we are hoping to see some improvement in conditions and with this in mind, are starting to look towards how we can continue to assist people during the recovery phase.
“Whilst we are aware there are concerns around looting – there have been no reports of this in flood affected areas and we will continue to carry out foot, car and boat patrols to ensure we keep homes, businesses and residents safe.”
South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) is warning everyone, and in particular school children off for half term, to stay well clear of the flood water.
Paramedic and Senior Operations Manager Peter Radoux said: “We’re asking everyone to be sensible and to keep away from any flood water. With this being half term week we’re particularly speaking to pupils off from school. We’d also urge parents to make it very clear to their children how dangerous playing near water can be. It can be a real danger to health and also there are many hidden dangers in the flood water which can easily cause a nasty injury. By steering clear people can avoid the need to call 999 and help keep our ambulance crews free to respond to serious emergencies.”
Several GP surgeries in the Staines area have been affected by flooding, and have worked extremely hard in difficult circumstances to maintain a service to patients, in some cases in alternative premises.
“If you need any support or advice relating to health issues and it is not an emergency please contact your local GP surgery or ring the NHS 111 service by dialling 111.
Public Health England:
Public Health England has regularly given advice to local people suffering flooding about minimising health risks which include serious injury from fast flowing water or hidden dangers under the water, such as missing manhole covers. There is also a serious danger posed by carbon monoxide fumes from the indoor use of generators to dry out buildings. Also, the stress and strain of being flooded and cleaning up can have a notable impact on mental health and wellbeing.
Take the following precautions:
· Any flood water should be regarded as potentially contaminated.
· Avoid contact with floodwater and wash your hands regularly. Seek medical advice for illness and mention the flood if you see your GP within ten days for abdominal complaints.
· Clean work surfaces before and after preparing food.
· For food safety advice after flooding, including how to make baby food without mains water, contact the Food Standards Agency.
· Do not eat food that has touched flood water and don’t eat fresh food from the fridge or freezer if your electricity has been turned off.
· Take care when using heaters to dry out affected areas: 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: the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill
For more detailed information see: http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1317140405287