Floods of tears for Byfleet and Old Woking

BYFLEET residents received a ministerial visit from Government on Boxing Day when the village floods featured heavily on TV’s national news channels.

Concerned about villagers, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, descended on Byfleet to take stock of the situation, clean up, and to thank emergency responders.

Woking Borough Council Chief Executive, Ray Morgan, led the praise for all involved in tackling the aftermath.

He said : “The weather conditions over the Christmas period, particularly from December 23 to December 27, were both challenging and distressing for many people. Council and Serco officers were initially extensively engaged in removing fallen trees and then, from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day, in delivering sand bags to those areas of the borough badly hit by flooding.

“The most challenging areas were Old Woking and Byfleet where the River Wey flooded and threatened many local properties.

“Fortunately most escaped flooding thanks to the sand bags, but unfortunately for some properties they were not sufficient protection.

“I am most grateful to my council colleagues and to the staff from Serco who worked throughout the holiday period to help to protect residents.”

Jonathan Lord MP has also passed on his sympathies.

He said: “It was really awful for those whose Christmas was ruined because of the flooding but we must all pay tribute to those who gave up their Christmas Day to help out.

“At times like this, communities rally round and this terrible situation shows the wonderful community spirit we have in Byfleet and Old Woking.

“One might also reflect that if the Hoe Valley Scheme had not been in place, things would almost certainly have been a lot worse. So we must be grateful for small mercies.

“I wish all those affected a speedy and safe return to normality and a happier and brighter New Year.”

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