Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Flood Recovery Update – 18/06/12

Firstly thanks to everyone (staff and volunteers) for their support and contributions to the flood response last week. The impact of events is still being gathered but we are aware that 121 roads across the county were affected and an estimated 350 homes across West Sussex. Many services were affected but WSCC staff and other agencies worked tirelessly in support of the response, and continue to do so.

A quick update on actions on-going;

Schools Affected – Laburnum Grove Junior

From 19th June whilst temporary accommodation on the Laburnum site is installed and made available for use, the children with their teachers will be based in three schools around the town who have offered to help. (Year 5 and 6 – will be based at The Regis School, Year 4 will be based at Felpham Community College, and Year 3 classes will be based at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School). Work continues meanwhile on the schools buildings to renovate / restore.

Vulnerable people

WSCC has been working across services and partners to identify vulnerable people in the areas affected, and with Police and Arun District Council door-knocking / contacting for welfare checks. 151 people have been identified and so far 114 confirmed contacts have been made, although we are awaiting some updates.

Skips, roads and pavements

These have been placed by Southern Water, Arun District Council and insurance companies – locations to follow.

Road and pavement cleansing has been completed, although private estate roads and pavements have not but resident associations are engaging contractors.

National Flood Forum Vehicle – This is acting as the focal for public interaction with representatives from the council, water companies and environment agency, visiting locations (details below) providing information and advice on the next steps for people returning to their homes. So far over 100 people have accessed the service, and has been decided already that further dates will be arranged. The issues and frequently asked questions are also being compiled to provide via the internet and call centres too.

  • Felpham Methodist Church on Friday 15/6/2012
  • Elmer, by the shopping area on Saturday 16/6/2012
  • The green, South Terrace, Littlehampton on Sunday 17/6/2012
  • Barnham, near the train station on Monday 18/6/2012
  • Wick, by the shopping precinct on Tuesday 19/6/2012
  • South Bersted, Laburnam Recreation Ground on Wednesday 20/6/2012
  • Elmer on Thursday 21/6/2012
  • Bracklesham on Friday 22/6/2012
  • Further locations to be announced shortly

Voluntary Agencies

British Red Cross are coordinating all donations and liaising with local groups such as RAYDAR and others in relation to offers. RAYDAR are well stocked with goods therefore any further offers are being collated but not collected until a match of need has been identified

Next Steps

A more detailed street level view of activities and list of FAQ’s for public contact points, internet etc. is expected tomorrow.

A formal debrief of the response from across the county is currently being arranged and those concerned will be contacted shortly.

Should there be any queries please get in touch