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South Hams staff go flat out filling sandbags

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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South Hams District Council staff have been working flat out to fill sandbags to help flood hit communities across the district in the last 48 hours.

Workers at the council’s depot at Babbage Road in Totnes filled around 1,400 sandbags, using 27 tonnes of sand.

They also made 75 visits to watercourses across the South Hams to check gullies and grills, removing debris, such as leaves and fallen branches, where necessary.

Residents in the South Hams are being urged to remain flood aware this weekend as more weather warnings have been issued.

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Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, the council’s Executive Member for community safety and emergency planning, said:”It has been a challenging couple of days for people in the South Hams and I applaud everyone’s efforts to work together to protect homes and businesses.”

“With the possibility of more bad weather to come, I would urge residents to be prepared and take sensible precautions.”

He added: “We were able to help dozens of residents with sandbags at our depots recently. But people should also make their own plans, as they may not be able to reach our depots in the event of severe weather.”

The council’s depots at Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge and Totnes have limited stocks of sandbags which residents can collect from Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. People are asked to call first on 01803 861234 to check availability, and to only request sandbags where there is a serious risk of flooding.

Sandbags are limited to ten per property and are not supplied to commercial premises.

Information on measures that can be taken to protect your property are available on www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodline or by telephoning 0845 988 1188 – 24hrs.

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