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Solihull deals with recent flooding

Following the severe rainstorms experienced in Solihull on Sunday 27 May, a number of areas in the borough were affected by flooding.

Solihull Council has visited residents to ensure everyone is safe and well, especially those who are vulnerable and those who don’t have wider family networks to help them out.

Support is being provided to help people recover from the flooding as quickly as possible, where in some cases the impact has been very severe. This includes collecting damaged household goods, sweeping drives and footpaths clear of debris, and gully cleansing in the affected areas.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Environment & Housing, said: “My heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who have been affected by the recent flooding. I know that many have had to move out of their homes and have lost valuable and sentimental possessions, which is a traumatic experience to cope with.

“Officers have been working round the clock to support everyone who has been affected to help them recover and we will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months.

“What’s clear with this recent flooding is that the storms we experienced were unprecedented with around one month’s rainfall in a very short period of time. Areas that don’t normally experience flooding did so on Sunday and were taken aback with the speed and intensity of the downpour turning to floodwater.

“It’s really important we’re aware of the full extent of the flooding so I’d urge people who haven’t already contacted the Council to do so. Please send details, along with any photos and videos that illustrate the problem, to drainage@solihull.gov.uk

“We are working closely with the Environment Agency and other organisations to investigate the causes of the flooding. We will also carry out a full review of our flood strategy to ensure that we are doing all we can to deal with flood incidents and protect our residents.

“Where people have been affected by sewer flooding, they should also contact Severn Trent at www.stwater.co.uk to report the issue.

“The Council website www.solihull.gov.uk/flood also contains lots of useful information and advice about dealing with flooding so I’d encourage people to take a look.”

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