MK prepared for further bad weather, says council

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Emergency call-out staff from Milton Keynes Council remain on standby in case of flooding in the borough.

While there are currently no major flooding issues in the local area, according to the latest information available to the council’s highways team, emergency crews from the council and its partners, such as the police and fire and rescue service, remain on 24-hour standby to act immediately in the event of serious flooding.

Duty officers and emergency crews have attended several incidents in recent weeks to clear a number of fallen trees and deal with surface water flooding, although the situation in Milton Keynes is not as critical as in other areas of the country.

The council’s emergency planning team monitored weather conditions around the clock over the Christmas and New Year period and will continue to do so, and if necessary will take precautionary action, such as closing flooded roads.

The council has also responded to the ongoing poor weather by ensuring access to additional resources, should the need arise – such as offering sandbags and machines to empty gullies, managing a database for contractors such as tree surgeons, and maintaining a rota of people on standby to help out in the case of an emergency.

There are already robust procedures in place, including well-rehearsed priority gritting routes, to ensure that Milton Keynes is well-placed to deal with any emergency that may occur as a result of extreme and prolonged weather conditions such as snow, ice, gales and flooding.

Grit stocks are at maximum capacity in preparation for any icy conditions and road surface temperatures are monitored throughout the day.

The gritting crews have 3,000 tonnes of salt to call upon if needed, and more than 400 yellow ‘neighbourhood’ grit bins have been filled for use by local people in their own area.

Karen Ford, Head of the Milton Keynes Council’s Regulatory Unit, said: “There are currently no major issues in the Milton Keynes area as a result of the recent bad weather. The team will continue to monitor the situation and will take appropriate action if necessary, such as closing flooded roads.

“Our main concern is public safety and we will continue to work closely with the Environment Agency to monitor local conditions.”