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Local flooding heroes recognised in special ceremony

Local heroes who went above and beyond the call of duty during last month’s flooding have been praised by the Civic Mayor of Tameside.

At a special gathering at Dukinfield Town Hall on Monday, the Mayor Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick joined forces with other councillors, including Allison Gwynne and Janet Cooper, to thank the workers who went the extra mile on behalf of the borough.

He thanked them for their hard work and tremendous efforts during the flash floods on November 21 after Storm Angus swept across the region.

“All these people went the extra mile by working many more hours than they probably should have done to keep the roads open, particularly in Hollingworth and through Broadbottom where it was worse,” said the Mayor.

“The floods were absolutely horrendous, but our team was there, working through the night and doing everything they could to get the roads open.”

Twenty people were officially thanked by the Mayor and those same people will be ready to take action again should bad weather strike over the Christmas period.

The Mayor added: “I can assure you that the same people will be on standby over Christmas and if we do have any problems, those same people will be there to make sure that the roads are clear throughout the borough.

“If we have bad weather, they will be the lads out there salting the roads to ensure our residents can get out and keep moving.”


By Tom Greggan