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Evacuation plan could be extended

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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AN emergency evacuation plan to reduce the impact on Burton in case of disaster could be extended to cover surrounding areas.

The leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council gave assurances that the authority would look into putting plans in place to deal with incidents such as flooding in areas which are at risk, in an extension to the town centre evacuation plan.

It comes as the authority reviews this plan, and updates its flooding strategy following tests last year.

At the latest full council meeting, Councillor Julian Mott, pictured, said: “I’m happy to ensure we look at potential flooding in other areas. Not just in Burton.”

The promise came following quizzing from Councillor Julia Jessel, who said she did not want to see Burton’s villages left facing the damage which has befallen other areas during heavy rainfall this winter.

She said: “I ask to widen the corporate target not only to Burton, and for plans to be put in place for other areas.

“Evacuation may be necessary in extreme cases, but there also needs to be lessons learned from the terrible incidents recently.

“We should issue sandbags and other provisions, to ensure that we as a borough can respond.

“These measures are a little bit too narrow and we ought to look at other vulnerable communities.”

A spokesman for the borough council told the Mail that the evacuation prepares for any emergency in the large town centre area. It brings together the council, fire, police and ambulance crews, the three shopping centres and utility companies. It is due to be reviewed in the coming financial year.

Flood plans, which look at responding to flooding in all parts of the borough, are due to be updated this year, following a test as part of a huge multi-agency exercise last year, the Mail was told.

Two ‘rest centres’ have now been added to the plan, at the town hall and Burton Caribbean Association, on Uxbridge Street, for people who have been evacuated.

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