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Council cleans up following floods

24 November 2016

​​​​​​​​Councillor Richard Farnell, chats with the father of a flood affected resident

Council workers have been out in force to help residents affected by Monday's floods, which were caused by excess surface water following heavy rain.

Officers visited properties throughout the week to understand the extent of the damage and offer support, including clean-up services, skips for damaged property and one-off emergency payments of £500 for the worst affected.

'Payments for properties were processed within 24 hours'

A number of payments were processed within 24 hours for properties around Culvert Street, Gilbrook Way and Queens Drive in Rochdale, where in some cases residents were forced to leave their homes until flood waters receded and power could be restored. A number of businesses across the borough have also received an emergency payment.

The council identified over 100 locations across the borough that required inspection following the floods, including residential areas, commercial premises and roads.

All sites have now been inspected, with clear-up work continuing throughout the week and additional repairs scheduled for completion at the earliest possible opportunity.

'We felt it was important to put together an immediate response'

Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: "The memory of the misery caused by the Boxing Day floods is still very fresh for residents. Monday's floods happened due to excess surface water rather than rivers bursting their banks, but it is no less traumatic for those who have been affected, which is why we felt it was important to put together an immediate response.

"Many of the hardest-hit properties have already received an emergency payment to help with clean-up and repairs, we have increased road sweeping in high priority areas and are continuing to make sure gullies and waterways remain clear of debris, in addition to clean-up activity across the borough."

More information about preparing your home and what to do if you are flooded