Warning Kenley and Purley flooding could worsen as Croydon Council classifies it as 'major incident'

Croydon Guardian: The area in yellow is on flood alert. Flood map by the Environment Agency The area in yellow is on flood alert. Flood map by the Environment Agency

The flooding in Kenley and parts of Purley is being treated as a major incident with Croydon Council braced for the situation to worsen over the next few days.

With more heavy and persistent rain forecast over the weekend the council is on high flood alert.

Work is taking place around the clock to pump water in order to manage the rising levels along the Bourne and surrounding areas.

Firefighters are pumping 5,000 litres of water a minute away from a stricken waterworks in Kenley, Croydon.

A dedicated support crew who have been working through the night as part of the inter-agency response to protect the waterworks from flooding. Crews are likely to remain at the scene throughout the weekend.

Homes and businesses, mainly at the bottom of the Bourne Valley alongside the A22 Godstone Road, which are most at risk, have been visited by council staff over the past few days to ensure they are prepared if the water level should rise further.

Some of these homes have been provided with sandbags where it is believed they will be of use.

Letters are being delivered to about 1,500 homes and businesses that will potentially be affected if the water levels rise any further.

The council is currently monitoring the levels of the Bourne and officers have been clearing culverts, screens and road gullies.

Residents are advised to be prepared for the potential flooding of their homes and to check current flood warnings by calling the Environment Agency’s floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Council leader Councillor Mike Fisher said: “We are doing everything we can to prepare for flooding and to make local residents and businesses, who will be potentially affected aware.

“We have been told worse weather on the way and we want to make sure we are as prepared as we can possibly be.

“It is important to emphasise that the majority of Croydon will not be affected but we would ask everyone to be vigilant, keep an eye on what’s happening and take action as required.”

Click here for regularly updated flood information on Croydon Council’s website.

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7:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ian_SE says...

On 3 February 2014, you ran a story saying the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone.

Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number.

Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go".

Almost everyone else should call the new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile.

All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance.

Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except Vodafone charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate).
On 3 February 2014, you ran a story saying the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone. Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number. Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go". Almost everyone else should call the new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile. All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance. Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except Vodafone charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate). Ian_SE
  • Score: 4

10:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

Luis Pizarro says...

Stop sending foreign aid of billions of pounds to countries that can darn well look after themselves { China & India & lots of others too } & spend it on British flood defences.. I can see massive support for right wing parties because this lot have failed the electorate and the Nation..
Stop sending foreign aid of billions of pounds to countries that can darn well look after themselves { China & India & lots of others too } & spend it on British flood defences.. I can see massive support for right wing parties because this lot have failed the electorate and the Nation.. Luis Pizarro
  • Score: 5

2:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

v8matt says...

The scale of the current flooding may be due to a rare meterological event, but we have known for a long time now that our weather patterns would be changing and we would see much more of this. This country is completely unprepared for that change.

Continual urbanisation to accommodate an ever increasing population will only amplify the problem. If this means cutting foreign aid to provide better flood defences, or tightening immigration rules to prevent over population, then so be it.

We need to have an honest and open public debate (free from the PC brigade) on what we want the future of this country to be. It's your children who will grow up in it.
The scale of the current flooding may be due to a rare meterological event, but we have known for a long time now that our weather patterns would be changing and we would see much more of this. This country is completely unprepared for that change. Continual urbanisation to accommodate an ever increasing population will only amplify the problem. If this means cutting foreign aid to provide better flood defences, or tightening immigration rules to prevent over population, then so be it. We need to have an honest and open public debate (free from the PC brigade) on what we want the future of this country to be. It's your children who will grow up in it. v8matt
  • Score: 3

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