Wilberfoss thanks council for stopping home floods

Published: Friday 29th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Villagers have said thank you to East Riding Council staff who spent 16 hours helping to prevent over 50 homes from being flooded on Boxing Day.

Wilberfoss parish councillors have gone on record to praise the local authority’s seven-strong grounds maintenance crew.

They delivered around six tonnes’ worth of sandbags – nearly 500 of them – to safeguard homes alongside Foss Beck Close and Beckside.

Their preventative work from the morning until past 1am happened after the banks of Wilberfoss stream burst.

They used water pumps to move water past Main Street’s road bridge. This stopped water levels rising any higher.

Their actions prevented a repeat of scenes in the village eight years earlier when some residents had to leave their flooded properties for almost 12 months.

Parish clerk Sarah Wills said: “On behalf of the community of Wilberfoss we’d like to say a huge thank you to Ian (Donaldson, grounds supervisor), Stewart (Lazenby, grounds coordinator) and the team.

“Their tireless efforts on Boxing Day saved the village from serious flooding.”

Neil Smith, Alan Mcleish, Gary Fullard, Craig Demolupied and Darren Muldowney were the other helpers.

They all returned early next morning and collected the pumps and monitored the situation.

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Published: Friday 29th January 2016 by The News Editor

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