Agencies working to get Herefordshire back to normal following floods

Agencies working to get Herefordshire back to normal following floods

Agencies working to get Herefordshire back to normal following floods

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WORK is being done to get Herefordshire back to normal as quickly as possible following the floods.

West Mercia Police, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Herefordshire Council, are working with NHS partners, central government departments and other organisations on a co-ordinated recovery plan for the county.

Geoff Hughes, Herefordshire Council's director of economy, cultural and corporate services praised people in Herefordshire for their 'resilience and strength'.

He said: "The local partners have worked together to keep people safe and to minimize the impact on the county. As the flood water recede some local people and businesses will need more help in getting back to normal.

"The severe weather has damaged roads across the county and worsened the pothole situation. The council is working with our partner Balfour Beatty Living Places to put together a plan to get the roads open and then to undertake emergency repairs across the network.

"On Wednesday we will make our initial report to the government on the scale of the task in Herefordshire and the amount of financial support we intend to claim from key schemes the government is offering.

"We will be pulling together an online resource to make it really easy for people and businesses to get access to the help and advice they need.

Many roads are still closed around the county. In particular the B4224 at Hampton Bishop remains impassable because of flood. The C1268 Holme Lacy Road has sustained serious damage under the railway bridge at Rotherwas and the road there remains closed. Repair work is hampered by the high levels of groundwater.

The council also wants to hear about any homes and businesses affected by flooding.

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12:35pm Tue 18 Feb 14

bobby47 says...

What a load or pigswill. These Partner agents sit around a table, thrice bloody monthly, talk twaddle about about an event they've no control over and then they tell us that they are working together to rid us of the bloody water.
It's rubbish! For all their talk they haven't shifted one bucket of water from our County and its unlikely that they are able to do anything that'll quicken the disappearance of the waterlogged ground.
It's yet another example of highly paid 'suits' wrapping themselves around an event, creating meetings and pointless bureaucracy to give the impression that they, and only they can lead us to the promised land and coordinate a return to normality.
They can't do a bloody single thing other than persuade Balfour Beatty to clean the drains and gully's and it don't take a multi agency tactical group of gibbering suits to get that job done. It's all 'window dressing' and the sooner commonsense replaces this current deluded thinking that allows Geoff Hughes the title of Director of Economy, Cultutre and Corporate Services, the sooner we'll get back to a place where we can say, 'the bloody rains stopped, the land will soon dry out and come bloody July we'll be the same group of people calling for a hosepipe ban.
What a load or pigswill. These Partner agents sit around a table, thrice bloody monthly, talk twaddle about about an event they've no control over and then they tell us that they are working together to rid us of the bloody water. It's rubbish! For all their talk they haven't shifted one bucket of water from our County and its unlikely that they are able to do anything that'll quicken the disappearance of the waterlogged ground. It's yet another example of highly paid 'suits' wrapping themselves around an event, creating meetings and pointless bureaucracy to give the impression that they, and only they can lead us to the promised land and coordinate a return to normality. They can't do a bloody single thing other than persuade Balfour Beatty to clean the drains and gully's and it don't take a multi agency tactical group of gibbering suits to get that job done. It's all 'window dressing' and the sooner commonsense replaces this current deluded thinking that allows Geoff Hughes the title of Director of Economy, Cultutre and Corporate Services, the sooner we'll get back to a place where we can say, 'the bloody rains stopped, the land will soon dry out and come bloody July we'll be the same group of people calling for a hosepipe ban. bobby47
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Tue 18 Feb 14

suttondad says...

It is these types of people you need to get rid of to cut the cost of the public purse, not the front line services, there are no amount of words that will get rid of the water and get it 'back to normal', for the record, normal is just as dysfuctional with the narrow mindedness of the authorities in the county.

The water will disappear when it disappears, where you going to put it? It's a natural phenomenon, all this crying at officials does no one any good, no one could foresee or prevent what we put up with, just get on with the repairs, as my mum always said, actions rather than words.
It is these types of people you need to get rid of to cut the cost of the public purse, not the front line services, there are no amount of words that will get rid of the water and get it 'back to normal', for the record, normal is just as dysfuctional with the narrow mindedness of the authorities in the county. The water will disappear when it disappears, where you going to put it? It's a natural phenomenon, all this crying at officials does no one any good, no one could foresee or prevent what we put up with, just get on with the repairs, as my mum always said, actions rather than words. suttondad
  • Score: 9

2:59pm Tue 18 Feb 14

littlewhitebull says...

Glad they haven't got the task of getting my brother back to 'normal'.
Glad they haven't got the task of getting my brother back to 'normal'. littlewhitebull
  • Score: -5

3:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

What bureaucratic twaddle is this !!

I can do that job in 2 minutes.

Repair the roads properly, prioritising the most used routes.
Assign one off grants to help businesses get back up and running.
Restore the grants to Farmers from DEFRA for ditching and drainage gullys.
Harrangue the environment agency to dredge the Wye like what they used to do.
Make Balfour Beatty clean out the drains and gulleys properly by penalising them if they don't.
What bureaucratic twaddle is this !! I can do that job in 2 minutes. Repair the roads properly, prioritising the most used routes. Assign one off grants to help businesses get back up and running. Restore the grants to Farmers from DEFRA for ditching and drainage gullys. Harrangue the environment agency to dredge the Wye like what they used to do. Make Balfour Beatty clean out the drains and gulleys properly by penalising them if they don't. mizza21
  • Score: 7

6:19pm Tue 18 Feb 14

LorraineK says...

Now would be the ideal time to close Holme Lacy road to Lorries except for access to the shops and businesses before the bridge and make the relief road the access road to the Industrial Estate. Then raise the road by the bridge to alleviate the flooding. It has flooded by the bridge for 30years and more surely someone can come up with a solution. The damage was not done by the floods, water gathers there every time it rains. The same thing happens on the Hinton Road which is used as a short cut to Rotherwas.
Now would be the ideal time to close Holme Lacy road to Lorries except for access to the shops and businesses before the bridge and make the relief road the access road to the Industrial Estate. Then raise the road by the bridge to alleviate the flooding. It has flooded by the bridge for 30years and more surely someone can come up with a solution. The damage was not done by the floods, water gathers there every time it rains. The same thing happens on the Hinton Road which is used as a short cut to Rotherwas. LorraineK
  • Score: 8

9:08pm Tue 18 Feb 14

trucking says...

LorraineK wrote:
Now would be the ideal time to close Holme Lacy road to Lorries except for access to the shops and businesses before the bridge and make the relief road the access road to the Industrial Estate. Then raise the road by the bridge to alleviate the flooding. It has flooded by the bridge for 30years and more surely someone can come up with a solution. The damage was not done by the floods, water gathers there every time it rains. The same thing happens on the Hinton Road which is used as a short cut to Rotherwas.
Holme lacy road is closed to lorrys over 7.5 ton, the signs have been up since the access road was built, however some choose to ignore the weight limit. Lorrys do need to use the road to use hoarwithy road, police choose not to enforce the weight limit which I think they should enforce it. As a truck driver myself I never use holme lacy road.
[quote][p][bold]LorraineK[/bold] wrote: Now would be the ideal time to close Holme Lacy road to Lorries except for access to the shops and businesses before the bridge and make the relief road the access road to the Industrial Estate. Then raise the road by the bridge to alleviate the flooding. It has flooded by the bridge for 30years and more surely someone can come up with a solution. The damage was not done by the floods, water gathers there every time it rains. The same thing happens on the Hinton Road which is used as a short cut to Rotherwas.[/p][/quote]Holme lacy road is closed to lorrys over 7.5 ton, the signs have been up since the access road was built, however some choose to ignore the weight limit. Lorrys do need to use the road to use hoarwithy road, police choose not to enforce the weight limit which I think they should enforce it. As a truck driver myself I never use holme lacy road. trucking
  • Score: 5

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