MORE than 1,000 sandbags to stem floodwater have been distributed in Hillingdon this week, as the borough braces itself for more downpours.
The Met Office is forecasting wet and windy weather for Saturday, with much milder conditions and the chance of sunshine on Sunday.
Hillingdon council says it has given out sandbags to those with "high priority needs"; the elderly and otherwise vulnerable, and those whose homes who live near waterways.
The most affected areas have been identified as being Frays Avenue and Donkey Lane in West Drayton, ; St Johns Road in Uxbridge, households close to the River Pinn, and Yeading Brook. Harefield has also been inundated.
John McDonnell and Councillor Janet Duncan were in Frays Avenue to assess the rising water levels during the week, and have led pleas for urgent protection for residents' homes on the cul de sac, which sits between Frays River and the River Colne.
Allen Chapman, who lives at the bottom of Frays Avenue, said: "So far, the water is flowing very fast and going straight past, but we could do without any more rain. I think it still has quite a lot more capacity, but I am keeping an eye on it.
"I have lived here for 20 years, and I think that in that time, the river has been dredged which has no doubt helped.
"The environment agency and the council have done a brilliant job.
"I feel sorry for the poor people in Chertsey."
Steve Palmer, Deputy Director of Highways and Business Services at Hillingdon Council, said: "We are working hard to reduce the impact of flooding in the borough. Record amounts of rain have fallen this month, so we are closely monitoring weather reports and flood alerts and working with the Met Office, the Environment Agency and Thames Water to prepare for and deal with heavy rainfall.
"Council staff have been clearing drains and gullies on a regular basis as well as investigating the source of any flooding. We are keeping a close eye on the river levels in areas at risk. Due to the forecast rain we have set aside extra resources, including additional standby highways teams, for this weekend.
"We are responding to reports of flooding and through our Customer Contact Centre are ensuring residents, schools and businesses have the appropriate support, which ranges from sandbags to home visits offering practical advice."
People with emergency flooding issues are urged to call the fire brigade.
Visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/flooding for information and guidance on how to protect yourself against flooding. Less urgent flooding issues can be reported online via this link.
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