Flood-hit properties evacuated by housing association
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Sovereign Housing Association has evacuated 11 of its tenants from flood-hit areas of Newbury.
Seven residents, six of who have learning difficulties, were moved out of their homes on Wednesday. Three were taken to flats at Sovereign’s newly-built Redwood House in Hungerford.
“Although the homes of these vulnerable residents were not yet flooded, we took the proactive decision to move them to safety because of the imminent high risk of flooding and so reduce any distress,” explained Nicole Sharp, Sovereign’s regional director for Berkshire.
Two residents were moved out of property on Cromwell Road earlier in the week. Their homes flooded for a second time on Wednesday. A third resident was also forced to move out, and a number of other properties on Cromwell Road are at high risk.
On nearby Newport Road, Sovereign advised a vulnerable elderly resident whose home was at risk to move out temporarily and stay with her family.
On Wednesday, the 36,500-home provider prepared to evacuate Coachmans Court, a scheme of bungalows for older people, which was considered to be at imminent risk of flooding. However, the situation changed quickly and flood risk subsidised.
“Our housing teams, repairs and maintenance staff and neighbourhood wardens have been out in force, supporting staff from the local authority, fire and rescue service and environment agency. They have been keeping residents informed about the situation, advising them on how to keep safe and deploying sandbags to vulnerable properties,” Nicole Sharp said.
“However, many homes remain threatened by the waters – especially given the weather forecast for the coming days. So we will be remaining vigilant and constantly monitoring the safety of our homes in this area with a view to activating our contingency plans, should they be required."
As part of its contingency planning, Sovereign has been preparing alternative accommodation at the recently vacated Fairfields and Northview Heights in Hungerford, in case more tenants need to be moved.