Free sandbags to help Rochford residents cope with possible flooding

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A COUNCIL will be handing out free sandbags and sand to residents tomorrow – in case flooding returns to the district.

Rochford Council will be providing the bags at BSG Buildbase on the Purdeys Industrial Estate on Friday, February 14.

Residents will need to take proof of residency with them, such as a council tax or utility bill.

They will not be expected to pay for them, just to sign for them.

Deputy leader of the council, Keith Hudson, said: “Because of the exceptional weather conditions we are experiencing at the moment, following urgent discussions with our officers this afternoon, Rochford District Council has approved this move to help residents all that we possibly can.”

David Cameron said that councils should not charge residents for sandbags earlier today.

Rochford Council also called a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with partner agencies to discuss the response to flooding issues.

The meeting was a move to work more closely with Anglia Water, Essex County Council’s Highways department and the Flooding Partnership manager at Essex County Council to find joint solutions to tackle flooding.

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6:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

Hope southend do too. Some have been waiting with baited breath for flooded paths to have drainage put in before they flood houses.
Hope southend do too. Some have been waiting with baited breath for flooded paths to have drainage put in before they flood houses. jolllyboy
  • Score: 5

7:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

the25man says...

This article worries me are they expecting floods and if so why weren't sand bags issued when we had the last flood warning.
This article worries me are they expecting floods and if so why weren't sand bags issued when we had the last flood warning. the25man
  • Score: 2

7:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Or doesnt this highlight complete inactivity on the part of the Council (lets leave to one side whether the bags are needed or not) until such time as someone else picks up the tab - in which case, they spring into action and get portrayed as saviours?
Or doesnt this highlight complete inactivity on the part of the Council (lets leave to one side whether the bags are needed or not) until such time as someone else picks up the tab - in which case, they spring into action and get portrayed as saviours? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mattster says...

Wow, only 6 months late!
Wow, only 6 months late! Mattster
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

abd123 says...

You need a great many bags correctly filled and laid, to protect a house. Nearly every time water will still get in. You would be better moving things up or out. Look at the sand bag leaflet on the Environment Agency website which will surprise hou at how much it takes. Although well meaning this may make people delay taking action to put furniture upstairs etc.
You need a great many bags correctly filled and laid, to protect a house. Nearly every time water will still get in. You would be better moving things up or out. Look at the sand bag leaflet on the Environment Agency website which will surprise hou at how much it takes. Although well meaning this may make people delay taking action to put furniture upstairs etc. abd123
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Thu 13 Feb 14

abd123 says...

Ps look at the picture above. Water both sides of the bags. Do not forget airbricks and water coming up through the floorboards and toilets.
Ps look at the picture above. Water both sides of the bags. Do not forget airbricks and water coming up through the floorboards and toilets. abd123
  • Score: 4

9:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nebs says...

How are people supposed to get even a reasonably small quantity of sandbags home. The amount in the picture would not be enough to protect a house, but would take several car trips.
How are people supposed to get even a reasonably small quantity of sandbags home. The amount in the picture would not be enough to protect a house, but would take several car trips. Nebs
  • Score: 5

12:43am Fri 14 Feb 14

bob7 says...

abd123 wrote:
You need a great many bags correctly filled and laid, to protect a house. Nearly every time water will still get in. You would be better moving things up or out. Look at the sand bag leaflet on the Environment Agency website which will surprise hou at how much it takes. Although well meaning this may make people delay taking action to put furniture upstairs etc.
Here's the link. http://a0768b4a8a31e
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[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: You need a great many bags correctly filled and laid, to protect a house. Nearly every time water will still get in. You would be better moving things up or out. Look at the sand bag leaflet on the Environment Agency website which will surprise hou at how much it takes. Although well meaning this may make people delay taking action to put furniture upstairs etc.[/p][/quote]Here's the link. http://a0768b4a8a31e 106d8b0-50dc802554eb 38a24458b98ff72d550b .r19.cf3.rackcdn.com /FLHO0309BPSL_E_E_d9 51ca_78f792.pdf bob7
  • Score: 0

11:47am Fri 14 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't expect sandbags to stop water getting in. They will however filter out the drowned rats and the richards as well as other floating detritus
Don't expect sandbags to stop water getting in. They will however filter out the drowned rats and the richards as well as other floating detritus Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

12:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Don't expect sandbags to stop water getting in. They will however filter out the drowned rats and the richards as well as other floating detritus
Live on a hill
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't expect sandbags to stop water getting in. They will however filter out the drowned rats and the richards as well as other floating detritus[/p][/quote]Live on a hill You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

TherealIndiana says...

The average sandbag weighs 20kg you would need atleast 10 sand bags to cover a door properly plus some to cover the air bricks (most people forget them) thats another five sand bags . 250Kg in the boot of your car! Good luck!
The average sandbag weighs 20kg you would need atleast 10 sand bags to cover a door properly plus some to cover the air bricks (most people forget them) thats another five sand bags . 250Kg in the boot of your car! Good luck! TherealIndiana
  • Score: 0

8:36pm Fri 14 Feb 14

mag1968 says...

TherealIndiana wrote:
The average sandbag weighs 20kg you would need atleast 10 sand bags to cover a door properly plus some to cover the air bricks (most people forget them) thats another five sand bags . 250Kg in the boot of your car! Good luck!
What you talking about ?, the average two fat Essex passengers weigh more than that, so the driver on his own, no problem

think about it !!
[quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: The average sandbag weighs 20kg you would need atleast 10 sand bags to cover a door properly plus some to cover the air bricks (most people forget them) thats another five sand bags . 250Kg in the boot of your car! Good luck![/p][/quote]What you talking about ?, the average two fat Essex passengers weigh more than that, so the driver on his own, no problem think about it !! mag1968
  • Score: 1

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