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Operation Lima continues flood support

The combined operation between Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, borough and district councils, health, parish councils and other agencies ‘Operation Lima’ is continuing to help the county’s flood victims.

Following the declaration at 8pm last night of a ‘major emergency’ agencies from highways and care services, through to the fire and police are all working together to ensure people received help quickly and efficiently.

There are severe flood warnings are in place on the River Avon between Stratford and Evesham and the River Leam at Eathorpe. There are nine flood warnings in total affecting rivers in the county. Of the 22 roads that were closed, 9 are now open and passable with care.

There has been some flooding in Leamington and the library has been evacuated and is now closed until at least Monday.

The south of the county has been the worst hit by the heavy rain and flooding. Rest centres at Stratford High School and Wellesbourne Conservative Club are still open providing dry and warm facilities for anyone left stranded. Over 75 people are still evacuated in the area.  Advice from Stratford District Council is as follows

Do not enter your home until it has been confirmed if it is safe to do  
so.  Your home cannot be pumped out until the land and highway drainage system is able to drain away water;

If you are worried about whether your home has been contaminated by sewage please contact Stratford District Council’s Flooding Hotline on 01789 260380/1.

Contact your insurance company to find out if there are any procedures you have to follow for a claim- do not dispose of anything until you have been told you can do so by your insurer.

As it is not always clear whether water is contaminated or not, local residents are urged to exercise caution, and take the following basic hygiene precautions:

Wherever possible, try to avoid coming into direct contact with floodwater.

Do not let children play in floodwater. As well as the small risk of ingesting bacteria from the water, there are other health risks such as uncertainty about how deep the water is and potentially concealed hazards.

If it is necessary to come into contact with floodwater, suitable waterproof gloves (such as household cleaning gloves) and Wellington boots should be worn.

Always wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap, especially after contact with floodwater or taking part in cleanup activities and before touching or eating food.

Ensure that any items suspected of being in contact with contaminated water, including toys, clothes and soft furnishings, are thoroughly cleaned, with hot water and household disinfectant, before further use.

Cuts and other open wounds should be covered with a waterproof plaster.

Food or drink suspected of being contaminated should be thrown away.

Don’t use damp electrical items until they have been checked by a competent professional.

Exercise particular caution if walking through murky water as this can often conceal hidden hazards.

Anyone who has been in contact with contaminated water or sewerage who
develops diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain in the following 10 days should
seek medical advice.

Further general health advice in relation to flooding is available on the Health Protection Agency’s website at http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/flooding/menu.htm

Marion Davis, Acting Chief Executive, said,
“We have been working hard to help people affected, particularly in the south of the county. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all the representatives of all the partners working on Operation Lima. We urge the public to continue to take a responsible approach to the emergency and look out for their neighbours, friends and family.

Stephen Haynes, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue, said
“People are strongly advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to keep out of the flood water. We have received a high number of calls in a short space of time and would thank the public for their patience as we continue this operation. We are urging people to keep the use of the 999 system for emergency calls only.”

Warwickshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Lewis Benjamin said:
“The extreme weather conditions have tested the collective preparations of the emergency services and local authority emergency planning contingencies. Our continued efforts together with the assistance of the public, have enabled us to minimize the destruction and inconvenience caused by the worst of the flooding.

People have generally respected our please to take sensible precautions and have acted accordingly. We still urge caution when attempting to cross flooded areas.”