Spelthorne Borough Council is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags in the event of a flooding incident.
Due to the geography of Spelthorne, flooding is a year-round threat, and during the winter months this risk increases. The Council recommends that residents take steps to prepare for flooding, installing permanent property-level flood protection wherever possible.
In the event of a flood, some residents may choose to use sandbags to provide some level of protection from floodwater. Whilst the purchase of sandbags remains the responsibility of homeowners, the Council is looking at the possibility of setting up a Community Sandbag Distribution Centre (CSDC) to assist with the provision of sandbags in the event of a major flood.
A CSDC is a location where the Council provide the site, equipment, and framework for volunteers to fill sandbags when major flooding is expected. Residents would then be invited to collect up to 10 sandbags per household.
An exercise was held in December 2021 for local councillors and staff to test the CSDC processes and suggest improvements to the arrangements.
For information and advice on the best way to prepare for flooding, visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/flooding