People in at-risk areas are being provided with information to help prepare for flooding over the winter.

West Oxfordshire District Council is launching a campaign on types of flooding, who to contact when, how different organisations and agencies provide support, what to do and what products to use.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Unfortunately we are seeing more extreme weather events which are causing flooding across West Oxfordshire and impacting homes and businesses.

“On our website, we have provided information on how to prepare a personal flood plan, how to sign up to receive flood warnings and what to do in the event we do get a flood. For those without internet access, information will be available in our Witney offices.

“I would encourage anyone who has experienced flooding in the past, or is in an at-risk area, to look at the available information and get their home or business ready should the worst come to pass.”

District councils have limited powers and responsibility in the event of flooding, with the main one being to help provide temporary short-term accommodation if people are not able to stay with friends and family.

Most of the responsibility, and maintenance to prevent it taking place, sits with other agencies including the County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority, the Environment Agency, and the water companies.

The campaign follows the ‘Flood Fair’ held in Witney in November when over 100 people attended and were able to speak to the District Council, County Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency.

WODC said it has been working with partners to grow a network of sustainable drainage systems that prevent flooding and working closely with flood victims to help with bids for external funding for flood protection.

Residents will continue to be collect sandbags free of charge in emergencies from 13 locations which are kept topped up by West Oxfordshire District Council.

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