Council leader thanks the efforts of staff and emergency services for their work during flood alert

Trafford Council Leader Andrew Western has praised the efforts of everyone who helped keep residents safe during the flood emergency which hit the borough and surrounding areas this week.

Council staff and colleagues from Amey , the emergency services, the Environmental Agency and a host of other organisations worked around the clock dealing with the disruption caused by Storm Christoph.

The torrential rain saw Greater Manchester Police call a ‘major incident’ as the water level in many of the region’s rivers reached dangerous levels including the Mersey in Sale.
Some residents living near the River Bollin at Bollington Mill were also forced to leave their homes because of rising water.

As part of the Council’s emergency plans, Sale Leisure Centre was set-up to take residents if the banks of the Mersey burst during the height of the storm.
People are being warned to take extra care this weekend if there are out as the flood basin at Sale has not fully drained yet.

Cllr Western said:

“Colleagues were out door knocking and making phone calls, as well as clearing roads and distributing sand bags and generally doing all they could to make sure all residents and businesses who might be affected by flooding were alerted and helped. It truly was all hands on deck.

It also showed the importance of partnership working and I would like to also thank all those organisations who worked with us around the clock to make sure people stayed safe, it was a great team effort.

While the worst of the weather appears to be over, conditions are still hazardous in some areas and I would urge everyone to take extra care this weekend around flood waters and adhere to road closures.

We have a dedicated team working on the clean up and they have already started. We are all working as fast as we can to get drains cleared and roads cleaned up, but we expect flood water to be with us for a good few days yet. Sale Water Park car park will remain closed over the weekend and conditions in the park could still be treacherous so people need to take care if they are taking their daily exercise there.”

For information about the help available please go to the Council website.

Posted on Friday 22nd January 2021