A flood alert is in place for the Caterham Bourne, which means your property may be at risk of flooding.

This is the time to consider the implications of further rain in the area. We recommend that anyone at risk of flood takes time to look at some useful sources of information. To start, we suggest that you sign-up to the Environment Agency (EA) flood warning service – either via their website or by telephone on Floodline 0845 988 1188.

Now that the EA has issued a Flood Alert, it means that flooding is possible and so, as a precaution, you should prepare for flood.

If the EA issue a Flood Warning this means that flood is expected and immediate action is required such as putting flood protection equipment in place and moving to a safe place. Reacting to a Flood Warning will be easier if you have already prepared.

Our top five tips

  1. Check the long-term risk of either river or surface water flood risk where you are via https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk
  2. Regularly check information advising of flood risk (you can sign-up for automatic warnings) via https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
  1. Create a personal flood action plan using the EA template via https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-flood-plan
  2. Install flood protection measures to your property using reputable contractors
  3. Find out whether the river Bourne runs through (including beneath) your property and your responsibilities by contacting the County Council and checking the EA booklet “Living on the edge”.

Surrey County Council, the lead local flood authority, has plenty of further advice on any of our top five tips via:

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/flooding-advice/preparing-for-flooding

Of course, we hope that everyone remains safe and dry. But no-one should ignore the importance of preparing for flood given the current situation.  

What is the Village Council and the other local Councils doing?

Tandridge District Council and the EA are working with us and will:

• Monitor the levels of the Caterham Bourne.
• Have a limited stock of filled sandbags for emergency use.
• Keep residents up to date on flooding risks, where we can.
• Be on standby to help affected residents where possible. If you know of vulnerable neighbours, please help us to help them by offering assistance.
• Update websites and social media channels with the latest information and keep local media informed.

In addition, we will continue our programme of clearing culverts and screens and Surrey County Council have cleared the road gullies in your area.

We realise this is a difficult and stressful time for residents who are at risk of flooding, but we would like to assure you we are doing everything we can to reduce the effect of flooding and to protect our residents and businesses.

We will also continue to work with members of the Whyteleafe Flood Group to check conditions across the Village. If you know anyone who might be at risk of flood, please bring this information to their attention. It could be life-changing.

You can use this link to check SCC's fortnightly roadworks bulletin to see if your road, or another road in Tandridge, is scheduled for maintenance in the next couple of weeks.

www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/highways-information-online/fortnightly-highways-bulletin

 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our online survey of visitors to Whyteleafe Recreation Ground. The survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete, is still open and to participate click on this link www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ZGG8XZ

Surrey County Council's Local Committee (Tandridge) is one of eleven across Surrey. These Local Committees were set up in 2002 to bring the County Council and its services closer to people in Tandridge.

In Tandridge, the Local Committee is made up of six county councillors for Tandridge which are Cameron McIntosh, Rose Thorn, Chris Botten, David Lee, Becky Rush and Lesley Steeds.

The Local Committee is able to:

monitor the performance of services locally;
allocate funding to local groups to promote the social, economic and environmental well-being of the local community;
take decisions on local highways matters;
recommend improvements to local services including social care, education, the environment and community transport, to the county council's executive
work with key partners to meet the needs of local residents
act as advocates on behalf of Tandridge in the development of county plans and policies

To find out more visit: www.surreycc.gov.uk/get-involved/your-local-area/tandridge-local-area/your-local-committee-for-tandridge

or contact Sarah Woodworth on 01737 737422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Tandridge Local Committee meets in public four times a year. Their next meeting is scheduled for 19 June 2020 at 10:15am.