Council ready with storm support for Northumberland residents – including key contact details

Storm Dudley is expected this afternoon (Wednesday) through Thursday morning and Storm Eunice Thursday through Friday.

Planning and preparation for Northumberland County Council’s response is well underway based on the experiences of four recent storms.

Behind the scenes, an incident support room is set up to coordinate council activity.

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Teams responsible for resolving any issues are notified and increased staffing is organized to deal with the potential increase in demand.

There are teams across the council working to ensure drains and gullies are cleared, vulnerable residents are well and plans are in place in the event of damage or power cuts.

Residents are also encouraged to play their part by securing loose items like garden furniture and trampolines and parking cars in a garage, if available; or keeping them away from buildings, trees, walls and fences.

Cllr Colin Horncastle, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, said: ‘This will be a truly joint effort and comes on the heels of the four storms that Northumberland and the wider North East have experienced over the past three months.

“The council stands ready to work alongside colleagues from other emergency services, utilities and local communities to do all we can to support residents and move the county forward.

“We know that some of our communities have already suffered a lot from previous storms. We have a lot of sympathy for everyone affected and will do everything we can to help those in need.

“As we prepare for these storms, we would once again like to thank the people of Northumberland – they have been fantastic in previous storms supporting each other, watching out for their neighbors and we are confident we will see this again.” Useful contact details include:Northumberland Communities Together (for anyone struggling with food supplies or other essentials) Monday-Friday 9am-6pm: 01670 620015. Service outside Northumberland County Council opening hours: 0345 600 6400Northern Powergrid or call 105.Scottish Power or call 105.Northumbria Water: 0345 717 1100.One Call (for concerns about vulnerable residents or safeguard issues): 01670 536400.Met Office storm safety advice you encounter an emergency, call 999. People can also keep up to date via: Twitter: @northumberlands Facebook: