Now Slough may call in the army!

Now that floodwater has subsided in Colnbrook Slough Borough Council is considering bringing in the army.

Some of Asda's consignment of waders to Colnbrook being passed on to military personnel in Datchet yesterday.  Slough is talking to the military now about bolstering flood defences.

Some of Asda’s consignment of waders to Colnbrook being passed on to military personnel in Datchet yesterday. Slough is talking to the military now about bolstering flood defences.

Military personnel may be called in to help in Colnbrook after all!

Slough Borough Council said this lunchtime that it is working with the armed forces to investigate options to increase capacity in the lakes near Colnbrook to build resilience in the area to any further rainfall.

The weather forecast is for heavy rain and winds from this afternoon and throughout the weekend.  The Environment Agency says it will be checking levels throughout the day and warns that we are not out of the woods yet.

Slough has already enlisted the help of the armed forces to build a concrete and sandbag defence along the stream adjacent to The Myrke to prevent it overflowing in a sign that it is taking the possibility of flooding closer to central Slough very seriously.

It also said The Canal and River Trust is clearing the weir along the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal to encourage the level of the canal to fall.

The council has reiterated its advice from yesterday that residents should keep hold of any sandbags they have, whether wet or dry, in case water levels rise again.

It also says:

  • It will be providing skips in the areas previously flooded so people can get rid of flood damaged items – more details on the locations to follow.
  • It WILL be placing sandbags on road drains in the area to prevent water coming up into the road, if the County Ditch or Colne Brook rise again.
  • The Environment Agency will be in Mill Street within three hours to remove the fallen tree which is across the Colne Brook.

Aptly summing up the way most residents feel currently, Slough says “the Colnbrook outpost” is open and will remain open until 8pm tonight.

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