Cheshire East’s Emergency Team are meeting again this afternoon and we have fed into them the needs of the Town. Areas badly affected are Ingersley Road, Water Street, High Street, Princess Street, Oldham Street, Foxglove Close, Queens Street and Hamson Drive. 110 houses affected.
A clean up is taking place today but Ingersley Road is badly damaged and is likely to remain closed for some time. If you have seen the damage you will have noted that a large area of the surface has been lifted. We are asking drivers to avoid that area and respect the road closed signs.
The Environment Agency and United Utilities are investigating any factors which have impeded the conveyance of the rainwater. It is interesting to note that live fish were found in the water passing down Ingersley Road which suggests an overflow from a pond or lake. It is the worst flood that Bollington and the immediate local area have experienced for a very long time.
There are a significant number of homes invaded by the water and it is likely there will be some element of sewage in that water. It will be a very distressing time for those that have to replace furnishings and other belongings and the Town Council has asked Cheshire East’s Emergency Team to provide vehicles to collect anything that is unsalvageable and to convey it to landfill. This cannot happen until insurance loss adjusters have dealt with claims, so we are looking at some time late next week. We will advise when we have a date and intend to leaflet every affected property early next week.
We would like to recognise the community effort in dealing with the effects of the flooding and those who have provided their time and equipment to help, including those who have aided and comforted those who are displaced from their homes.
We would like to think that the worst of the rain has passed but it is likely to rain tonight
Sand bags were issued last night but we have secured 2 x 1 tonne bags of sand which area at the front of Bollington Town Hall together with a stock of sandbags for anyone wishing to fill and use them if the rain returns.
In terms of our newer properties at Lowerhouse and Waterhouse Mill, residents must have had a nervous time with the River Dean thundering by, but thankfully it did not overflow and the increased elevation of the lowerhouse properties protected them.
The Recreation Ground was, however, awash with overflowing water from the River Dean but thankfully the water was able to return to the Dean after the weir. We are not sure how the cricket square will have responded to a soaking.
Our thoughts are also with residents of Poynton, Bramhall and Whaley Bridge
If flooding return you should contact the emergency services
The gov.uk website provides guidance on how to prepare for flooding, along with how to get help during and after the flood event.
Click on the following link to find out about flood risk from the:
If it is an emergency and there is danger to life as a result of flooding you should call 999
Find out if you're at risk of flooding in England
You can find out if you’re:
- at immediate risk of flooding - check current flood warnings and river and sea levels
- at risk of flooding in the next 5 days
- in an area that’s likely to flood in the future - check your long term risk of flooding and view your area’s flood maps
To report flooding of the highway or blocked drains, standing water or flooded property , use our online Report it’ tool or call 0300 123 5020.
To report flooding on major trunk roads (A55, A483, A556/A550) contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000.
To report flooding from sewers and/or water pipes contact United Utilities on 03456 723723.
For general queries about main river flooding contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or visit www.gov.uk/environment-agency
For advice and enquiries about flood warnings contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0345 9881188.