Lancaster City Council has released a statement on the recent floods and power outages, which you can read in full below:
Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “This was a testing time for our community but the emergency services, who took the lead, did a magnificent job and their response to the crisis was second to none. The excellent way they dealt with the situation cannot be understated.
“I’d also like to thank the local radio stations for the way they have kept everyone updated – for many they were the only source of information and their contribution should not be underestimated.
“Ordinary members of the community also got together to support their neighbours and everyone was just brilliant in the way they dealt with such difficult circumstances.
“My endless thanks go to everyone involved.
“As with many other organisations the city council was badly affected because of the power outage but we worked hard to ensure the latest information was available on our website and social media channels.
“On Monday our two town halls had to close to the public, but this was only short term and we opened again fully today (Tuesday).
“Many of our other services continued to operate as normal, with people’s bins still being emptied on time, urgent enquiries dealt with on the phone, and staff working with the emergency services to clean debris.
“Now the initial emergency has passed Lancashire County Council will be leading the recovery operation, which the city council and other partners will also be involved with, to deal with the continuing issues that continue to affect many people, especially those whose properties were directly flooded.”
Both Lancaster and Morecambe town halls opened to the public again today (Tuesday, December 8th), having closed on Monday due to power outages.
Other services affected included Salt Ayre Sports Centre, which closed to the public to be used as a rest centre so those affected by the floods and power outages could get warm food and drink.
One of the major city council services that continues to be affected is council housing. Staff have been relocated due to their offices on Cable Street having to close because of flooding.
Staff can be contacted by phone and email on the normal telephone numbers, but any non-urgent callers are asked to wait until next week if possible.