Dale Road flood victims evacuated to stay at council HQ

Finally, Croydon Council has found a suitable purpose for Fisher’s Folly: it is being used as emergency accommodation for people displaced from their homes in Purley by the floods.

And according to one local resident on Dale Road, this afternoon the occupants of two more blocks of flats have been asked if they want to be evacuated from their homes.

British-Red-CrossIn total 18 people, some residents of a block of flats and others from a care home for people with learning difficulties on Dale Road, just off the Godstone Road, were moved to the council’s flash new headquarters offices. The offices, formally known as Bernard Weatherill House, opened late last year having been built at a cost to the borough of at least £140 million.

The Red Cross, the emergency charity more usually associated with war zones and natural disasters in far away lands, is supervising the emergency accommodation in the centre of Croydon, as part of the planning of the borough’s “Gold Command” committee.

Some council workers had expressed concern that the displaced residents were being moved into a building that had only recently had problems with a leaking roof.

The temporary accommodation is located in the building’s public meeting space. The emergency has forced one public meeting planned for tonight to be moved elsewhere in the grand glass palace.

The council described the intervention as “a small-scale evacuation which went ahead very smoothly thanks to the help of the Fire Brigade and the Red Cross. Our staff have been working around the clock to provide information and assistance to anyone who needs it.”

According to a local resident in Dale Road, though, the occupants of two of the blocks of flats in the road have also been offered to be evacuated to emergency occupation. This may suggest that the emergency services are unable to stem the water overflowing from the Caterham Bourne.

There are reports that on the other side of the Godstone Road, the lower parts of roads on and around Mitchley Hill have had to be closed due to flooding, while low-lying sections of Higher Drive are also under water.

Dale Road appears to be the latest crisis point. As storm-force winds and heavy rain lashed the emergency services through today, our eye witness told Inside Croydon that sand bags had been placed across the car parks of Lister Court and Liberty Court, as water was creeping up Dale Road.

“The council’s putting huge sandbags in place to create barrier on lower half of the road,” the resident said. “But it’s taken over three hours to do 15 metres,” the eye witness said.

  • To report rising groundwater levels or flooding, residents are asked to call the Environment Agency Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60. You can also sign up to the free groundwater Flood Alert/Warning service by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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