Friday, 14 February 2014

Distributing sandbags

I was out this lunchtime in Looe to help hand out sandbags to home and business owners worried about the impending bad weather and the possible flooding that may occur.

Looe was one of four locations where Cornwall Council was making 1000 sandbags available - the others were Penzance, Helston and Bude. These locations were picked by council officers working with the Environment Agency and other partners based on the weather forecasts and potential for flooding.

I was working alongside three Police officers, just one of the many agencies who have come together to work for Cornwall. We had a steady stream of people wanting sandbags for the first hour or so as well as a number of TV and radio people. I did a number of interviews to explain that the council was now able to provide sandbags thanks to the government agreeing to reimburse us for the costs.

The council is working as hard as it can to produce sandbags and the four thousand produced to date will be added to over the coming days according to need.

The other new development is that the military is helping out the relief efforts in Cornwall with around three dozen personnel from Culdrose distributing sandbags.

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