Partnership led the way in preventing another disaster

Flooding in Rothbury
Flooding in Rothbury

Rothbury’s county councillor has praised the way in which local people pulled together with professionals to help stave off this week’s flood.

Steven Bridgett said the coordinated response of emergency services and local organisations had been ‘outstanding’.

“Once again we faced another emergency in our community and once again we faced it head on, however this time it was a coordinated effort from all of the partner agencies,” he said.

“I cannot stress enough how beneficial it was to have the Fire Service crew within Rothbury being led by a local lad, Glenn Thompson, and the police team by Rothbury resident Sgt Neville Wharrier. Both know the area like the back of their hands, both knew where the potential issues could arise and both worked with all concerned to deal with each of them.”

Flood wardens also deployed the new flood barriers at Armstrong Cottages, that were installed after 2008, buying residents the time to prepare their homes and evacuate. Forestry Commission staff were also on hand and were able to deploy pumps to Armstrong Cottages to pump any water that made it through the wall.

Hundreds of sandbags were dispatched by Northumberland County Council Neighbourhood Services and Highways departments to locations at greatest risk at Riverside, The Maltings, Armstrong Cottages and behind Stephenson Terrace.

And the WRVS team were also on hand at the Jubilee Institute in the centre of the village, which was used as a rest centre providing soup, sandwiches and hot drinks for those residents who were evacuated from Armstrong Cottages and The Maltings.