Merton Council prepares for more rain

Merton Council is preparing for more rain following the torrential downpours that have been witnessed throughout the country.

The main tasks for the council are to sandbag the high-risk flooding areas and ensuring the gullies in the high-risk areas are cleared of the sediment created by the recent rainfall. Merton Council is liasing with the Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade and Transport for London to ensure a co-ordinated approach.

At present, the following areas have been closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice:

Donald Hope Library, Colliers Wood
St George’s Road car park in Wimbledon town centre

A list of council properties and highways at risk from flooding are highlighted on http://www.merton.gov.uk. The council’s website will be updated regularly with relevant information as soon as it becomes available.

Merton Council would like to take this opportunity to encourage motorists to drive very carefully if there is any further rain, as accidents are more likely in the event of adverse weather conditions.

The council is aware that some residents may have suffered damage to furniture and fixtures as a result of the flooding in specific areas of the borough last Friday. If residents need assistance from the council on this issue, they should contact 020 8274 4902 and the flood damaged items will be collected free of charge as part of the bulky waste service. Residents, who are not able to remove items from their properties, should also call this number, and Merton Council will be pleased to offer advice or assistance depending on the circumstances.

Residents need to be aware that if they have submitted an insurance claim for any damaged items, they may need to have them assessed before removing them.