Flooding and weather update
Saturday 15 February 2014, 8:39am
Thames Valley Police and its partner agencies will continue to work throughout the weekend to deal with the variety of issues being caused by the ongoing bad weather.
Overnight, over 400 calls reporting fallen trees were made to Thames Valley Police, which were passed to the Highways Agency to deal with. Of these calls, Berkshire was the worst hit, with over 165 reported, with just over 150 reports made in Oxfordshire and nearly 100 in Buckinghamshire.
ACC Richard Bennett said: “There remains an enormous amount of work ongoing across the Thames Valley to support communities who have been affected by flooding and this work will continue over the weekend and into next week.
“We have been liaising closely with the Highways Agency overnight to ensure reports of fallen trees are dealt with and cleared to try and ensure the least amount of disruption is caused to the road network.
“Fortunately, we have not had anyone seriously injured in the Thames Valley as a result of the adverse weather conditions, although a woman was taken to hospital in Mortimer last night with wrist injuries after a tree fell on her car.
“We have officers continuing to run regular patrols in affected areas, checking on vulnerable people, offering reassurance, crime prevention advice and acting as a deterrent to crime. I would like to reassure local residents and the communities affected that we will continue to maintain a high level of dedicated flood relief resources.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers of flood water. With half term next week, flooded areas may appear an attractive playground to children, however as well as the risk of drowning, flooded water can also prove a health risk. Visit the Public Health website (opens new window) for more advice. Stay safe and remain cautious when undertaking journeys in affected areas, avoiding driving through flood water whenever possible.”