FRONT-LINE staff at Rugby Borough Council have been thanked for their efforts to help people in town deal with floods.
Cllr Craig Humphrey, leader of the council, joined Ian Davis, Executive Director, to thank a bin crew and other teams who went the extra mile to help residents.
Neal Roberts, who collects trade waste for the council, and Dave Swaden, an agency worker who was helping Neal on Friday, were particularly praised for helping a motorist to recover his vehicle from flood water.
The car had become stuck near to the bridge at Wolston, after the driver had tried to pass through floodwater that was too deep. Neal and Dave towed the vehicle clear of the flood using their refuse truck, ensuring that the road was clear and the owner was able to arrange recovery.
Cllr Humphrey said: “We always try to help people within the resources that we have available to us, and it was pleasing to see Neal and Dave apply this approach on the ground.
“It is clearly not in our crew’s job description to help stranded motorists, but that is the job that needed doing on Friday and I would like to record my thanks to Neal and to Dave for using their common sense and just getting on with it.”
Other crews from the council’s street scene team worked alongside the Environment Agency to keep drains and ditches clear and free-flowing, and also delivered sand bags to parish councils as part of their emergency plans.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council’s portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “Floods can rise very quickly and with little warning, so it is important that residents and parish councils are aware of the risks in their own communities and make sure that they are ready.
“We recently ran a workshop with parish councils to help them with their emergency plans, and while we hope that they will never be needed it was good to be able to test these plans over the last few days.”
Residents can find out more about preparing for flooding, and what to do during and immediately after a flood at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.