Yorkshire Water mobilises UK wide support for emergency flood relief effort
To help with the ongoing emergency flood relief efforts, Yorkshire Water has mobilised vital support from water companies across the UK.
Extra manpower, sewer-jetting vans and other essential equipment have been provided by other water companies to bolster the 1,000 staff Yorkshire Water already has helping customers affected by the devastating floods.
Richard Flint, CEO of Yorkshire Water, said: “We are extremely grateful for the rapid support we have received from other water companies and they will be an invaluable extra resource to help alleviate the flood problems many of our customers are unfortunately experiencing.
“In an emergency situation such as this it is imperative we do all we can to maximise resources so flooding incidents are dealt with as quickly as possible. These other water companies will work alongside our own contractor, AMEY, which is already doing a great job in tackling the issues left by the floods.”
He added: “Customers should be aware that due to this extra support other water company vans will be visible across the region. If a customer is approached by staff from these companies, we can assure them that they are here to help on behalf of Yorkshire Water. If you have any concerns, please ask them to show legitimate identification.”
The extra support is currently being provided by Wessex Water, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent Water and Welsh Water, with other water companies also lined up to help.
Yesterday 20 staff from Wessex Water arrived in Yorkshire along with seven specialist vans to help pump out homes and sewers inundated with flood water. Welsh Water have also sent eight staff and four vehicles to help with the relief effort.
Nick Stone, General Manager for waste operations at Wessex Water, said: "Yorkshire Water has been working around the clock with other agencies to deal with the emergency flood-relief effort. The company has drafted in lots of extra staff to deal with the problems caused by the unprecedented amount of rainfall. We will be providing mutual support to help Yorkshire Water and their customers during this difficult time."
Yorkshire Water has also called on support from its service partners including Morrison Utility Services and Ice Watch to help distribute around 10,000 sandbags across the region.