Harlow Council respond to cases of flooding across town

News / Mon 26th Jul 2021 at 06:19pm

THE council is aware that a number of areas of the town and properties have been affected as a result of yesterday’s severe rainfall, with surface water causing a number of floods. 

It is the council’s first priority in these types of situations to support all those residents affected. A team of council officers attended several sites to assess the situation and provided assistance where necessary. Housing officers went door-to-door to see how tenants were getting on in the affected areas too. HTS focused on providing sandbags where necessary and assisting residents by helping them to remove damaged property.  

Work is still being undertaken to assess the full impact of the flooding, working closely with relevant agencies. 

Anyone affected by flooding is advised to contact the council by emailing [email protected]. The council is also urging all properties that have been subjected to flooding to contact Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 or retrospectively complete a sewer flooding questionnaire at https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help/emergencies/flooding, which contains a link for the questionnaire to be completed by the customer for record. 

Residents are advised to claim from their building/personal contents insurance for any damage caused, and properties that have suffered internal flooding can also apply for a Property Flood Resilience grant from Essex County Council at: https://flood.essex.gov.uk/get-a-flood-grant/property-flood-resilience-grant-for-homes 

This grant is for up to £8,000 per property to protect against future flooding events. 

Councillor Joel Charles, Deputy Leader of Harlow Council, said: 

“The flooding incidents impacted a number of residents across the town. The council is committed to providing whatever support is necessary to help those who have been affected by this flooding. It is good news that no one has been forced out of their home and the council’s housing service is doing everything it can to provide support. Colleagues from HTS have also been out attending to roofing repairs and have been working hard to help make affected properties safe. 

“Work is ongoing to manage the clean-up within affected housing estates. I know that there are further weather warnings in place. The council is monitoring local weather reports closely and will work with relevant agencies and the emergency services if further heavy rainfall impacts the town later this week. Every effort will be made by the council to provide the necessary support to those who might be affected by adverse weather in the coming days. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency services for their response to yesterday’s flooding incidents. Residents affected have been in contact with the council and we are working with them to see what additional support can be provided at this time – they have shown a great deal of resilience during what has been a difficult 24 hours.” 

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4 Comments for Harlow Council respond to cases of flooding across town:

2021-07-26 19:34:42

So after this, wouldn't it be prudent to halt all future and current redevelopment projects by Harlow council and a strong word to East Herts and Epping forest councils to also call a halt to its developments on the edges of Harlow until a complete independent revision on environmental impact and future flooding events to the existing areas of Harlow, before any work is allowwed to continue as the ones currently in use do not appear to take this into account?

2021-07-27 08:28:52

Clean the road drains regularly and surprise surprise no more local flooding during heavy rain

K bilton
2021-07-27 12:38:00

Essex Council have neglected drain clearance for years. Lots of roads and properties have been flooded due to this negligence.

Neil Warner-Baker
2021-07-28 06:05:54

Theman and K Bilton, its not a case that the drains are neccersarily blocked...a week or so before Sundays flood event I reported a burst SEWER between Tanys Dell and River Way, Raw sewage travelled 100s of yards down the track ripping up the Tarmac which I reported to our Councillors and this publication and sent video evidence. A few days later, when a Thames Water response team arrived, I asked them the cause, I was told the drains were clear and the cause was simply because the drain system is overload.....!!! Incidently.. Should an applicant wish to discharge surface water to the Stort Navigation, they would need to go through the "Canal & RiverTrust's"mandatory application procedure with their Utilities team, who would not accept any increased flood risk. As Surface water ultimately goes directly into the River Stort when the storm drains are overloaded.

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