Flood warnings and information

Flood warnings and information

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With the current heavy rainfall, certain areas in the district are at an increased risk of flooding. If you’re in an affected area (or know someone who is) please follow the below.

Any flood warnings and/or road closures will be listed on this page as we get them

Flood Warnings

Use the Flood Warnings Information Service to find information for your location.

Road Closures

Check Area Traffic Control on Twitter or use the AA Traffic News website. BBC Radio Leicester will also have updates.

Leicestershire County Council also have a map with road closures.

Before travelling, check any roads both in the district or across the county to see if any roads have been closed because of excess water.

Sandbags

We have a limited supply of sandbags and can only use them to protect:

  • Life and important buildings such as hospitals or substations
  • The elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents
  • Access for emergency vehicles

If your scenario is not covered above please buy sandbags from DIY stores or building merchants.

You can also prepare for any flooding by using the Bluepages Independent Flood Directory.

In a flooding emergency contact us on 0844 736 9545.

Valuables

If you are at risk of flooding we strongly recommend moving any valuables you have upstairs, or as far away from any potential flood damage as possible.

Dogs of Blaby competition returns

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Dog-owning residents of the district can win a pre-Christmas present with the return of Blaby District Council’s Dogs of Blaby competition.

Between now and Friday 13 December anyone living in Blaby District can take a picture of their dog wearing an illuminated collar, lead or coat out and about on their daily walk.

The competition is part of the Council’s effort to ensure dogs can be seen in the dark winter months, reducing the number of potential incidents between dogs and vehicles, and to ensure they do not foul out of sight of their owners.

Entries can be made by posting a photo on the Council’s Facebook page, tweeting @blabydc with the photo, or emailing in a photo at public.relations@blaby.gov.uk.

The prize, donated by Jubilee Animal Feeds, Cosby, will be built around the breed of dog and include a bed, 5kg of dog food, dog toys and treats.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer for Blaby District Council, said: “We really enjoy seeing all of the entries for this competition. Whilst we enjoy seeing them, our message is to please ensure your dog can be seen in the dark. Every year we see an increase in dog fouling on our streets and parks, mainly due to owners not being able to see their off-lead dog when it’s dark.”

The winner will be drawn at random and contacted following the draw. Full terms and conditions are available on the webpage.

Lightbulb Programme sees continued success

More than 5,400 people across Leicestershire have benefited from a pioneering housing support partnership in its first two years.

Lightbulb is a centralised service, hosted by Blaby District Council, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, district councils, local Clinical Commissioning Groups, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Fully launched in 2017, Lightbulb has seen a drastic reduction in the processing time for residents’ Disability Facilities Grant applications from enquiry to completion, reducing from 48.5 weeks before launch, improving to 32 weeks, and now standing at 20 weeks across all Districts.

The latest customer satisfaction ratings have seen 100 percent of those surveyed confirm that Lightbulb had met their expectations.

The improvement in the time taken to deliver adaptations in homes across the county has also ensured that focus can be spent on more complex cases, as well as delivering 37 percent more cases overall than was projected at the planning stage two years ago.

It has saved an estimated more than £360,000 for the local economy, with medium to long-term savings estimated at around £2.1 million.

From the installation of grab rails to small house extensions, Lightbulb is focused on making sure that residents can stay independent in their homes for as long as possible, benefitting both the local health economy and the wellbeing of those individuals supported through Lightbulb.

In one case, a lady in Melton was struggling to live in her property due to a combination of difficulties accessing the property and with using the furniture within it. Through one Housing Support Coordinator, the resident was able to have a comprehensive housing “MOT,” leading to grab rails being installed both inside and outside of her property, as well as a bed lever and a small armchair.

These relatively small changes have had a big positive impact, enabling – enabling this lady to live more comfortably in her own home, instead of having to consider a move to any sort of supported accommodation.

Jane Toman, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said: “As we reach two years of the service I think it’s important to highlight just how much of a positive difference Lightbulb is making across Leicestershire. This service supports vulnerable individuals and our priority has been to ensure the correct help they need is delivered to them as efficiently and quickly as possible.

“We have worked with partners from across the county working collaboratively together can make a huge difference and save hundreds of thousands of pounds for the local health economy.”

Lightbulb has been recognised with three awards, named ‘Best Collaborative Working Initiative’ by the Association for Public Service Excellence and Commended at the Home Improvement Agency Awards. It was also given the honour of best Public/Public Partnership at the 2018 Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Residents requiring minor or major adaptations can contact Lightbulb by calling 0116 305 0004 or visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk.

Whetstone Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service

 

The parade will meet  at 9.50 am at Dog & Gun Lane, Whetstone.  The parade will start at 10.00 am and then march down Wychwood Road, Laundon Way, Burnham Drive, Brook Street and finally onto High Street to the war memorial.  The service starts at 10.45 am.

Minor delays can be expected as the parade passes.  High Street Whetstone will be closed between 10.45 am and 11.10 am between Station Road and Wale Road.

All are welcome to join the parade and service

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM