03:40AM, Friday 21 February 2014
A call for residents to hang on to their sandbags has been made by the Royal Borough.
The council is encouraging that people with dry sandbags not exposed to flood water keep them for future use.
Sandbags which have been in flood water can be stored or alternatively split open and the sand spread on gardens.
Where people are unable to keep them the council has established several drop-off points for over the weekend.
Sandbags should not be put in wheelie bins or taken to the council’s civic amenity sites.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We are still in a flood situation and we certainly don’t want to encourage residents to dispose of their sandbags if they can be stored and put to future good use."
If residents are unable to use or dispose of sandbags themselves they can be taken to the following locations between 10am and 3pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Special arrangements for older residents in the borough who can not take sandbags to drop-off points themselves will be put in place as soon as possible.
Anyone who needs this service can request it by filling in the form on the council’s website.
If that is not possible they should call the council’s out-of-hours number 01753 853517 over the weekend or, from Monday, the customer contact centre on 01628 683800 (between 8am and 6pm).