WOULD the person at Northumberland County Council (NCC) responsible for the Flood Action Plan for the High Stanners area of Morpeth please state exactly what that plan is – via the Morpeth Herald – in order that all of the residents of the area know what action should be taken and by who.
From Oldgate Bridge it is impossible to see into the High Stanners, particularly Challoner’s Gardens bungalows.
Likewise, emergency services standing on the bridge cannot be seen from Challoner’s Gardens.
A ‘rescue’ by the Swift Water Team (who were wonderful) should never have been needed. With the advance warning NCC had, an orderly evacuation could have easily been organised.
For the benefit of the spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council, of the 90 tonnes of sandbags issued, to the best of my knowledge, they arrived at High Stanners (the area predicted by the Environment Agency to flood first and NCC being advised of that fact on Monday afternoon) around 2.30 on Tuesday afternoon.
The truck was not unloaded as they were too late to be of any use.
Can we, as Flood Wardens for High Stanners, make it clear that, despite publicity stating otherwise, no one from the responsible authorities responded.
High Stanners Flood Wardens