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Public meetings announced to discuss flooding

Author: 
John Freeman

A public meeting will be held in Halton tomorrow (Tuesday 28th November) to discuss the recent localised flooding that affected the village.

Representatives from Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, Environment Agency, fire and rescue and the police will be on hand to discuss recent events and listen to the community’s concerns. It is being held in the main hall at The Centre @ Halton at 6.30pm.

A meeting is also being organised for the Hala area of Lancaster, which also suffered from flooding, on Thursday 7th December at Moorside Primary School (not St Bernadette's Church Hall as previously planned), starting at 6.30pm. A public meeting has been organised for Galgate next Tuesday (5th December) at Ellel Village Hall starting at 7.00pm.

In Galgate, which suffered the greatest impact, the city council and other agencies have continued the clean-up operation and providing assistance to residents.

A spokesperson for Lancaster City Council has told virtual-lancaster they don’t currently know what the situation is in relation to funding from either central or county to pay for the clean up work.

"We’re looking into it," the spokesperson commented, "but our view is that the important thing is to get it done and then look at that afterwards."

Cleansing staff have been on the ground all weekend collecting and removing flood damaged goods from homes in Galgate for disposal. Staff used a tractor, trailer and caged wagons, along with sweepers, to clear and remove items.

Housing staff have also been on hand to provide residents whose properties were affected with help and advice, including providing temporary accommodation where required.

Volunteers at Ellel Village Hall, which is being used as a base for operations and coordinating donations received by the general public, are working closely with the city council. The council has set up a helpdesk in the hall for anyone with issues to drop in and receive advice.

Environmental health officers have also been visiting businesses in Galgate and the wider district who were flooded, providing advice and guidance on cleaning up and health and safety matters.

Leaflets have been distributed to all those residents known to have been flooded, providing a telephone number -  07508 338 449 - that people directly affected by flooding can phone to speak to a senior council officer.

• The Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire Flood Recovery Appeal to help vulnerable people and people in hardship with cleaning-up and replacing items damaged by the recent flooding. For more information on how to apply visit www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/lancashire-flood-recovery-appeal

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