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Council staff and residents praised for working together during floods

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

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Council staff and communities have been praised for working together during flooding and bad weather across Sandwell over the weekend.

Officers assisted with several flooding incidents affecting roads and parks during the heavy rain. And councillors particularly thanked members of the public who sprang into action to prevent homes from flooding in Hamstead Road, Great Barr, over the weekend. Residents worked together to pile up sandbags provided by the council to prevent water getting into homes.

Drivers have also been urged not to drive through flood water – which can not only leave vehicles stranded, but also causes water to be pushed onto front gardens and into people’s homes. Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for sustainable transport Councillor Jackie Taylor said: “All drivers need to heed road closure warnings and not drive through flood water. “It’s so dangerous and can lead to vehicles breaking down, as well as forcing flood water into people’s properties. “It was great to see people in Hamstead Road and across our communities working together to support each other at this time of crisis.” Cllr Joyce Underhill added thanks to residents who used their own vehicles to block Hamstead Road to stop people from driving through the flood water.

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