Brief from the Chief - Flooding in Snaith, Gowdall and East Cowick
Fri, 28 Feb 2020

Staff from across the council have been working around the clock to support residents in Snaith, Gowdall and East Cowick after the River Aire overtopped on Tuesday (25 February), which resulted in widespread flooding.

At the time of writing, around 30 properties have been confirmed as having flooded and a further 160 have been identified as being at risk of flooding.


Over the past four days, our staff have been exceptional and are supporting the Environment Agency - as the lead authority - and working closely with colleagues from Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue, HM Coastguard and Snaith and Cowick Town Council by distributing over 200 tonnes of sandbags, putting a number of road closures in place, dispatching and operating pumping equipment, manning the control centres and command groups and by providing advice and support to residents at the rest centres in Snaith.

With Storm Jorge forecast to bring significant rain over the weekend, which could cause further flooding in the area, the council will continue its operations for as long as they are needed during this emergency situation.

I would like to sincerely thank all those staff who have been involved with operations so far and would appeal for volunteers to help in the days ahead.

If you can support the council's work during the current period of emergency please speak to your line manager and they can then liaise with the Humber Emergency Planning team.

While we are still very much in the response phase, the council has started its planning for the recovery operation that will follow. However, this can only begin when the risk of further flooding subsides.

When that happens, our staff will visit every affected property and arrange special bulky waste collections for badly damaged goods. The council will also arrange road cleaning and waste collection services. The council will also, in discussion with the Government, arrange financial aid for those that have been affected.

The response of staff during this incident has been phenomenal and again I'd like to personally thank you all for your continued hard work and dedication.

Your efforts are truly appreciated by me, senior managers, elected members and - most importantly - by the residents and communities we serve.

Caroline Lacey

Chief Executive


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