Following a visit by ward councillor Sue Spittle to residents of Conifer Close last night (Thursday), Christchurch Council is visiting the site again to investigate whether any further defences are needed to protect their properties.
Cllr Spittle said: “We understand that, having suffered a flood at Christmas, the residents are concerned that it could happen again. Although river levels are currently much lower than they were at Christmas, as a gesture of goodwill we will be reimbursing them for the emergency prevention measures they have put in place themselves.
“Our Senior Emergency Planning Officer has been in touch with a representative of the residents and is meeting him today. The purpose of the meeting is to plan what action will be taken to further protect residents and property in the event of a deterioration in current conditions. If additional measures need to be put in place, there will be no cost to the residents.”
Cllr Ray Nottage, Leader of Christchurch Council, added: “With the current bad weather there is a possibility of flooding in the Borough. We will be providing sandbags to our residents free of charge where flooding may be imminent. If anyone is concerned about a possible flooding, they should contact our customer services officers on 01202 495000 and we will give them the latest advice. If necessary, people will be able to collect sandbags from the Civic Offices with no charge.”