A great community effort continues today (Wednesday, June 30) after Chard was hit by “devastating” flooding on Monday (June 28).
Sudden extreme weather conditions erupted in Chard and surrounding villages earlier this week, causing widespread flooding in the area, affecting homes, businesses and local roads.
The extraordinary conditions, described as “unprecedented” by Somerset County Council, were localized and only affected the immediate area of Chard.
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South Somerset District Council has confirmed that a temporary center which has been set up to provide support to anyone affected by the flooding remains open today.
The Guildhall Support Center was established with Chard City Council to provide advice and information to residents.
Cllr Jason Baker, Chard Constituency Member and also City Mayor, said: “It has been amazing to see the efforts of Council Officers alongside our Council and Emergency Service partners as well as volunteers from across town to help their community.
“It was devastating to see some of the flood footage, but it was absolutely fantastic to see everyone coming together to help the recovery.
“If there is anyone who still needs help, I urge them to contact me or visit the center we have established at the Guildhall.”
You can see a photo gallery of the flood scene through Chard below.
A wide range of South Somerset District Council officers have been deployed to support residents and businesses, providing dedicated advice and visiting a number of households to offer assistance, including moving furniture and d ‘other personal effects at the request of residents, in houses affected by flood waters.
This included properties in Chard, Tatworth, Nimmer and other villages.
The council’s street cleaning team has also helped clear debris from the roads alongside the ongoing work of the Somerset County Council’s highways team and water levels at the Chard Reservoir site are being monitored.
The majority of affected roads in the area have now reopened, but a few minor roads have been severely damaged and remain closed, including some roads at Whitestaunton and Scrapton Lane, Combe St Nicholas.
The Met Office said there are currently no weather warnings for southern Somerset and further disruptive rainfall is not expected.
If you know of any isolated residents, especially those who are vulnerable, who may need our help and support at this time, contact the council on 01935 462462 and select the flood support option, or visit our team at Guildhall.
If your home has been affected by flooding, please use the following tips: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/floods-how-to-clean-up-your-home-safely
Further advice on flooding can be found here – https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/services/environmental-services/flooding-emergencies/
For more information on local flood alerts and river levels, visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
For more information on weather warnings and advice, please visit https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings
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This notice was published: 2021-06-30 11:05:09