UPDATE: Council teams continue to support residents affected by flooding in Chard and surrounding villages
UPDATED: South Somerset District Council can confirm that the hub which has been set up to provide support to anyone affected by flooding in and around Chard will be open daily until July 2.
The support centre at the Guildhall has been established with Chard Town Council to provide advice and information after Chard and the surrounding area endured flash floods on Monday 28 June.
Please follow social distancing and Covid-safe guidance if you are attending.
A wide range of officers from across South Somerset District Council have been deployed to support residents and businesses, providing dedicated advice and visiting a number of households to offer assistance, including moving furniture and other personal belongings at the request of residents in homes affected by floodwater.
Countryside Ranger Matt Arnold and Cllr Jason Baker unloading sandbags in Chard
This has included properties in Chard, Tatworth, Nimmer and other villages. If you are aware of isolated residents, particularly those who are vulnerable, who may need our help and support at this time, please get in touch on 01935 462462 and select the flood support option, or visit our team at the Guildhall. The team will be in place until aounrd 5pm today and the hub will reopen at 9.30am tomorrow.
We have also provided emergency support and housing assistance where needed to families whose homes were uninhabitable
Our team ready to answer enquiries from residents at the support hub in Chard's Guildhall
Our street cleaning team has also been helping clear debris from roads while we have also been helping to monitor water levels at the Chard Reservoir site. The majority of roads have now reopened but a few minor roads have been badly damaged and remain closed including some roads in Whitestaunton and Scrapton Lane, Combe St Nicholas.
Cllr Jason Baker, who is the ward member for Chard and the Town Mayor said: “It has been incredible to see the efforts put in by the council’s officers alongside our partners and volunteers from across the town to help their community.
"It was devastating to see some of the images of flooding but it has been absolutely fantastic to see everyone pulling together to aid the recovery. If there is anyone out there who still needs help, I urge them to get in touch or visit the hub we’ve established at the Guildhall.”
The Met Office has advised that there are no weather warnings for South Somerset currently in place and further disruptive rainfall is not anticipated.
If your home has been affected by flooding, please follow the following advice -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/floods-how-to-clean-up-your-home-safely
Further advice on flooding can be found here - https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/services/environmental-services/flooding-emergencies/
If you need to contact us, please phone 01935 462462 and select the option offered regarding flooding advice.
For further information on local flood warning and river levels, visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
For further information on weather warnings and advice, please visit https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings