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Leader's Blog: flooding teams meet local MP

Published 29 November 2012

With Oxford and parts of the wider county still very much on flood alert, I yesterday joined one of our local MPs, Nicola Blackwood, on a visit to our Fire Service headquarters in Kidlington, to see how the on-going joint response of the emergency services is being co-ordinated.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Hudspeth

It’s really impressive to see a multi-agency response in full-flow, with all partners working 24/7 - from the decision-makers at the top, to the staff on the frontline.

A huge effort is being to protect vulnerable residents, and I would like to put on record my thanks to everyone involved. That includes our Fire Service, Thames Valley Police, the county council’s Highways team, our partners at the city and district councils, the Environment Agency, emergency planning officers and many others.

The recurring theme from what I’ve seen is the taking of proactive action to protect residents and just as importantly, providing the help and advice they need to protect themselves.

There is obviously a long way to go with water levels set to remain high for some time yet, and the potential for further problems to emerge. Unfortunately we now have a cold snap set for the next few days which could present a new set of challenges. However, the forecast for the next couple of days does suggest drier conditions which is obviously good news.

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