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Council Issue Sandbag Warning

Friday July 6 2012



BARNSLEY Council has warned that sandbags will not be available to all residents who need sandbags to protect their homes should buy their own.

It said it has a small stock of sandbags but added that residents will be advised to purchase their own sandbags from local builders' merchants.

A spokesman added: "The council maintains a small stock of sandbags, but these will be issued only during an emergency to residents who are at imminent risk of flooding and/or in response to a flooding incident."

The council added that the onus is on the resident to prepare; it is only where there is an imminent risk of flooding that the council’s emergency response teams can act.

The spokesman added: "Even in this situation the council’s resources are limited and the response teams will prioritise attendance to the most needy location, therefore residents must appreciate it may be several hours before there is any response to what starts of as a non-urgent issue.

"Where sandbags are provided they are given to protect ingress to the habitable part of each property, note this would not include garages, sheds, greenhouses or gardens for example, these would remain vulnerable to flood damage.

"This is why the council encourages residents to make their own flood resilience plans, not only for where there is a risk of a river bursting its banks but also from flash flooding where drainage systems can get overwhelmed."

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Reply Posted by brian oldfield on Friday July 6 2012 at 15:04
the council will not have got any sand bag left ,because they have all got there heads stuck in them

Reply Posted by Gemma on Friday July 6 2012 at 16:04
The self-entiled masses will be out protesting in droves then.

Reply Posted by mell on Friday July 6 2012 at 18:17
they should not pick and choose at the end of the day everyone feels there own property is more important than anyone else's. and if people are forced to buy them then the council should make sure the traders should not charge over the odds for them.

Reply Posted by shell on Friday July 6 2012 at 18:18
disgusting

Reply Posted by chris on Friday July 6 2012 at 18:21
What if the people who are at risk and don't
Receive sandbags, can't afford to purchase them.
The council has a responsibility to protect all those
Within its borough. I bet the council have already protected there own homes etc with "council property. I don't need them myself where I live but I feel it for those that do .

Reply Posted by Scott on Friday July 6 2012 at 18:21
Why should council get them for people anyways?! It's not there job to, I live private and pay my taxes but wouldn't dream of asking council for the, tight sods! Get yer own!

Reply Posted by mandy on Friday July 6 2012 at 18:25
about right for council i see everyones view on her but if its council u rent from they shud supply u with them if private then its up 2 u !

Reply Posted by Sh on Friday July 6 2012 at 18:50
What about scrounging dole dwellers pull themselves away from telly get jobs pay taxes and stop asking for handouts.

Reply Posted by Trendy on Friday July 6 2012 at 23:05
don't we all pay our council taxes so we should all be entitled to receive them not just the chosen few typical Barnsley council !!!

Reply Posted by kelly on Saturday July 7 2012 at 10:12
Dear SH, I'm a scronging dole dweller n I have been pulling myself away from telly looking for work, desperate to return to work. 've applied for more jobs than u've had hot dinners n they cant b bothered to even tell u your shit...... But when I do finally get a job I can ACTUALLY CLAIM MORE IN BENEFITS than I can now..... So next time u want to splash pathetic comments make sure u get ya facts straight!!!!! I live behind the houses in Lundwood that have been flooded n majority of them households work doesnt mean they have extra money to protect everything they own.....Wasnt it the council that pledged do put in flood barriers after the 2007 flood and did nowt but sit on there asses watching telly wasnt money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Reply Posted by emma on Saturday July 7 2012 at 12:42
We live on a hill, below a farmer's field in a housing association house. Our garden floods every time it rains, due to drainage off field. Yesterday water got into our house through the side aspect and back of the house. And when we investigated the wet patch on the carpet it seems its been coming in every time the garden has flooded. We had someone come out to look at problem, and he said that he'd get some sand bags sorted for us. Never got any. So going to invest in my own until problem gets sorted. Seems there's no other choice.

Reply Posted by emma on Saturday July 7 2012 at 12:42
We live on a hill, below a farmer's field in a housing association house. Our garden floods every time it rains, due to drainage off field. Yesterday water got into our house through the side aspect and back of the house. And when we investigated the wet patch on the carpet it seems its been coming in every time the garden has flooded. We had someone come out to look at problem, and he said that he'd get some sand bags sorted for us. Never got any. So going to invest in my own until problem gets sorted. Seems there's no other choice.

Reply Posted by emma on Saturday July 7 2012 at 12:42
We live on a hill, below a farmer's field in a housing association house. Our garden floods every time it rains, due to drainage off field. Yesterday water got into our house through the side aspect and back of the house. And when we investigated the wet patch on the carpet it seems its been coming in every time the garden has flooded. We had someone come out to look at problem, and he said that he'd get some sand bags sorted for us. Never got any. So going to invest in my own until problem gets sorted. Seems there's no other choice.

Reply Posted by emma on Saturday July 7 2012 at 12:42
We live on a hill, below a farmer's field in a housing association house. Our garden floods every time it rains, due to drainage off field. Yesterday water got into our house through the side aspect and back of the house. And when we investigated the wet patch on the carpet it seems its been coming in every time the garden has flooded. We had someone come out to look at problem, and he said that he'd get some sand bags sorted for us. Never got any. So going to invest in my own until problem gets sorted. Seems there's no other choice.

Reply Posted by BingoBongo on Saturday July 7 2012 at 13:57
The council were in a more altruistic mood when they funded councillor Schofield's home improvements to the tune of £17,000. That would have bought a lot of sandbags at today's prices.

Reply Posted by Julie Dudas on Monday July 9 2012 at 13:15
Residents of Lang Ave who were flooded again this year want to thank all the council staff who have turned out and helped this time -- everyone except one particular Berneslai Homes employee ( who told everyone not to panic as he had it on good authority the water would recede before entering any property at 1am on Saturday morning) has been very helpful from Dan Jarvis to the Community Safety Operators
Thanks

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