Floods 2012: A thank-you list to all those workers who battled the flooding in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire was well-served by its public service workers during the floods. Oxfordshire was well-served by its public service workers during the floods.

FLOODING across Oxfordshire last week saw hundreds of Environment Agency, council and emergency services staff working tirelessly to minimise the damage and keep people safe. We have given those organisations the opportunity to name their staff as a public recognition of their fine work for the community.

Environment Agency

  • Gill Davies
  • Malcolm Peters
  • Adam Hilliard
  • Adrian Bicknell
  • Alison Love
  • Anda Tsilika
  • Andrew Valantine
  • Andy Killingbeck
  • Andy Valantine
  • Antonia Shakerley
  • Becky Hibbert
  • Ben Morrish
  • Bob Whittle
  • Bonnie Butler 
  • Cag Ketenci 
  • Cath Sefton
  • Cathy Glenny
  • Cathy Quinn
  • Chantelle Cresswell
  • Cheryl Rickard
  • Colin Chiverton
  • Daryl Buck
  • Eddie Garland
  • Ellie Martin
  • Emily Gordon
  • Emma Cross
  • Geraint Burrows
  • Gillian Davies
  • Graham Scholey
  • Heather White
  • Helen Page
  • Helen Warren
  • Inger Jennings
  • Jackie Outhwaite
  • James Adams
  • James Liney
  • Jc Hall
  • Jenni Balmer
  • Jessica Bates
  • Jim Seymour
  • Jo Old
  • Jo Wines
  • Karen Twine
  • Kat Manamsa
  • Kate Bourlakis
  • Katy Steed
  • Kelly Horsley
  • Laura Edwards
  • Lesley Sproat
  • Lizzie Rhymes
  • Mark Tucker
  • Matt Kendall
  • Matt Rice
  • Miranda Wycherley
  • Neil Martin
  • Nitasha Jogia
  • Paul Hudson
  • Paul St.Pierre
  • Rob Davies
  • Rob Iles
  • Scott Salmon
  • Steve Cave
  • Steve Wilkes
  • Sue Gebbels
  • Tim Raby
  • Tom Wickens
  • Andy Turton
  • Dan Taylor
  • Freya Dean
  • Helen Cukier
  • Sarah Tedder
  • Tammy Gray
  • Cathy Harrison
  • David McKnight
  • Emma Sears
  • Gareth Johns
  • Holly Foreman
  • Jack moeran
  • James Spicer
  • Jean Fulker
  • Jon Mansbridge
  • Karen Parker
  • Katie Newton
  • Lesley Tims
  • Luke Newbey
  • Mark Barnett
  • Michelle Kidd
  • Natalie Hyde
  • Natasha Bateman
  • Ross Agutter
  • Ruth Parker
  • Sally Coble
  • Scott Latham
  • Sian Davies
  • Tristan Hayden
  • Jenny Yarr
  • Melinda Crosfield
  • Paul Ashton
  • Cassandra Charles
  • Helen Cox
  • Matt Robinson
  • Abi Sharma
  • Al Wells
  • Allan Camp
  • Amber Clivery
  • Andrew Davies
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Andy Robinson
  • Andy Theaker
  • Barry Russell
  • Bob Clarke
  • Brett Bodiam
  • Brian Roberts
  • Bruce Rampton
  • Cathy Scholes
  • Chris Byatt
  • Chris Moore
  • Chris Savage
  • Craig Jefferies
  • Darren Hunt
  • David Hillier
  • David Ludford
  • David Platt
  • Deryl Reed
  • Donna Ryan
  • Doug Hill
  • Emma Hoyle
  • Eric Lowes
  • G.Macilwraith
  • Gareth Codd
  • Geoff Fuller
  • Graham Croucher
  • Hanne Larsson
  • Ian Mawdsley
  • Ian Norriss
  • Ian Stretton
  • Ian Tomes
  • Ivan Parr
  • Jacquii John
  • James Soanes
  • Jeanne Capey
  • John Bailey
  • John Cooper
  • John Davis
  • John Hillier
  • John Reisinger
  • John Thurlow
  • Kate Vincent
  • Katharine Dolman
  • Keith Edwards
  • Keith Hutchence
  • Kerry Attfield
  • Kevin Jackson
  • Kevin Sherrell
  • Laurence Cotterell
  • Les Blake
  • Lewis Purbrick
  • Lindsay Newton
  • Louise Spurway
  • Lucy Heather
  • Malcolm Kelly
  • Marcus Van Someren
  • Mark Berry
  • Mark Brown
  • Mark Heelis
  • Mark Hill
  • Mark King
  • Martin Bryan
  • Martin Cross
  • Mathew Green
  • Matt Oakes
  • Maurice Stephenson
  • Mic Foot
  • Michael Piotrowski
  • Michael Yearwood
  • Mick Hylton
  • Mike Trumper
  • Natalie Mees
  • Neil Landricombe
  • Nick Read
  • Nigel Hutchins
  • Paul Atkinson
  • Paul Spain
  • Peter Cobb
  • Peter Colins
  • Phil Porter
  • Rachel Hopkins
  • Richard Dale
  • Richard Hall
  • Richard Hancock
  • Richard McPhail
  • Richard Wicks
  • Rick Moore
  • Robert Charlton
  • Rolfe Smith
  • Sara Heron
  • Sarah Hale
  • Sarah Hoey
  • Sarah Underhay
  • Selena Peters
  • Shaun Shackleford
  • Simon Daw
  • Simon Lewis
  • Simon White
  • Sophie Robinson
  • Steve Howe
  • Steve Pyke
  • Stuart Bray
  • Stuart Malaure
  • Susan Servais
  • Suzy Ellet
  • Tanya Jorgji
  • Terry Huggins
  • Terry Wright
  • Tom Jacklin
  • Tony Bates
  • Tony Coe
  • Tony Hackett
  • Tony Pink
  • Usman Khan
  • Mike Momburn
  • Polly Sait
  • Alan Cansdale
  • Barrie Neaves
  • Barry Neaves
  • Jo Saunders
  • Kirsty Stubley
  • Phil Munslow
  • Tim Connell
  • Tim Norton
  • Ally Thomas
  • Charlie Thompson
  • Debbie Jones
  • Geoff Angell
  • Holly Watson
  • Laura Summers
  • Mark Ormrod
  • Patrick Schneaders
  • Paul Wyatt
  • Pete Thomas
  • Sarah Jasper
  • Trevor Brawn
  • Martin Murray
  • Paul Mountford-Lister
  • Rebecca Cleverley
  • Stuart Parr
  • Dem Somarakis
  • James Overy
  • Lucy Bee
  • Matt Carter
  • Paul Barnes
  • Rowena Millard
  • Russell Robson
  • Sophie Smith
  • Bob Charlton
  • Dominic Martin
  • Eugene Smith
  • Gosia Miler
  • Jed Ramsay
  • Richard Davis
  • Stuart Keeble
  • Steve Cave
  • Felicity Davis

Oxfordshire County Council

Highways

  • The workforce gangs from depots at Deddington and Drayton who without them we would not be able to get anything done
  • The Supervisors again from the above depots at Deddington and Drayton who were on a 24/7 rota
  • The Winter Standby Duty & Verification officers who were also on a 24/7 rota
  • Depot Managers / Operation Manager based at the Deddington and Drayton depots
  • Vehicle fitters and Mechanics dealing with any vehicle and plant breakdowns based from our depots at Deddington Milton Common and Drayton
  • Admin Teams at all the depots
  • Area Stewards team based at Kidlington Highways Office and Drayton Depot
  • Drainage Engineer Gordon Hunt
     

Customer Service centre

  • Tim White
  • Schools and Social Care Transport Team who organised transport for evacuations and were out ensuring children got to school before coming into the office
  • Customer Service Centre staff who either stayed in the office or worked from home until 9pm to ensure that the floodline number that was given out was staffed and that Highways assistance to the most vulnerable members of the community were prioritised
     

Transport Unit and social services transport

  • John Pengelly
  • Steve Marriott
  • Sandra Pearce
  • And drivers who transported the clients to varying Nursing Homes.
     

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
 

  • Fire and Rescue Service control centre – who received emergency calls from the public and allocated Fire and Rescue resources to deal with these emergencies. They provided advice to members of the public who were worried about the possibility of flooding on the actions to take to protect their home and to ensure they were prepared.
  • Fire and Rescue Support staff – they are an integral part of the Fire and Rescue service and worked additional hours and made themselves available over the weekend to ensure that information and resources were available for the operational crews to carry out their role effectively. This included identifying the most vulnerable members of the community that may be at risk, ensuring that the communications network was set-up for joint working with the other local authority partners and loading and transporting the equipment required for the rest centres.
  • Fire and Rescue operational staff – a key part of their role was to provide advice to members of the public as their communities became involved and when information was received from the EA that an area was at risk of flooding, operational crews visited the community to ensure that the householders were aware of the risk and prepared. They visited the individual properties of those that were seen to be more at risk ensuring that support was available for them. Crews undertook emergency operations throughout the event but the low number of calls to emergency situations is down to the common sense approach and preparations taken by members of the public.

Oxfordshire Traffic Control Centre

  • Katherine Powley
  • Ruth Anderson
  • James Duncan
  • Nick Marceta
  • Julie Bridge
  • Julia Wyatt
  • Ian Fieldwick
     

Social and Community Services and Children, Education and Families
 

  • Robyn Noonan
  • Sarah Livadeas
  • Peter Howe
  • John Morgan
  • Lucy Butler
  • Sara Livadeas
  • Sarah Walters
  • Maria Melbourne
  • John Morgan
  • David Proudfoot
  • Peter Howe
  • Martin Bradshaw
  • Alan Sinclair
  • Robyn Noonan
  • Stephen McHale
  • Andrew Colling
  • Virginia Moffatt
  • Duncan Hall
  • John Fearn Webster
  • Karen Buckingham
  • Michelle Hill
  • Rachel Atiyah
  • Sally Greenwell
  • Nick Horn
  • Claire Phillips
  • Debbie Hempsall
  • Simon Chapman
  • Lindsay Russell
  • James Carter
  • John Mitchell
  • Julie Smith
  • Claudia Wade
  • Sarah Ainsworth
  • Suzanne White
  • Melanie Pearce
  • Kirsten Prance
  • Dommie Rey
  • Nicola Johnson
  • Brenda Buttimer
  • Karen Buckingham
  • Sara Powers
  • Chris Horne
  • Deborah White
  • Sally Ruddle
  • Claire Hewitt
  • Tanya Hillier
  • Kathryn Howard
  • Helen Francis
  • Claire Franks
  • Sue Peskett
  • Rachel Atiyah
  • Rachel Elliott
  • Laura Pontin
  • Owen Jones
  • Jessica Hayes
  • Anna-Maria Feroleto
  • Julie Thomas
  • Zach Muchipisi
  • Caroline Sherman Thomas
  • Tricia Newman
  • Rachel Atiyah
  • Duncan Hall
  • Mary Barrett
  • Matt Rose
  • Annie Davies
  • Denise Kelly
  • Fiona Van Galen
  • Rachel Pirie
  • Helen Fallaize
  • Dee Kelly
  • Denise Smith
  • Julia Baird
  • Carol Frost
  • Samia Shibli
  • Amy Aslam
  • Graham Ablett
  • John Mitchell

The council also wants to say thank you to staff at the following care homes that took residents from The Old Prebendal at short notice when it was in danger of flooding.

  • Langford View Care Home
  • Madley Park House
  • Freeland House Nursing Home
  • Tall Trees Care Home
  • Newland House Care Home
  • Southerndown Care Home
  • Mill House Nursing Home

Oxford City Council

  • Shaun Hatton
  • Sophie Hearn
  • Sumeera Ali
  • Andy Whittington
  • Dave Tidball
  • John Callinan
  • John Gleeson
  • Neil Whittington
  • Jason Rathband
  • Brian Simmonds
  • Keith Weller
  • Trevor Brown
  • Brian Turner
  • Barrie Welford
  • Danny Murphy
  • Nathan Rockett
  • Jim Edbury
  • Andrew Burchett
  • Rodney Trafford
  • Martin Smith
  • Ray Harris
  • Liam Burke
  • Kevin Singleton
  • Peter Butler
  • Callum Gerkin
  • Terry Murphy
  • Sean Fry
  • Andy Gardener
  • Luke Gamon
  • Steve Carter
  • Martin Shields
  • John Kavanagh
  • Ben Strang
  • Mark Pitman
  • Steve Boyd
  • Jason Ball
  • Ian Henwood
  • Steve Bye
  • Justin Atkinson
  • Joyce Buckingham
  • Paul Townsend
  • Steve Pottinger
  • Martin Halliday
  • Mike Newman
  • Phil Dunsdon
  • Paul Einon

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils

  • John Backley
  • Peter Dela
  • Lewi Reed
  • Jon Townsend
  • Steve Small
  • Jon Dawson
  • Keith Brown
  • The councils would also mentioned their waste contractors Biffa, whose staff filled many sandbags and delivered them to vulnerable people late into the night, and to Monson, their technical services contractor, whose staff were involved in checking drainage and flooding issues as they were reported.

West Oxfordshire District Council

Below is a list of all the depot staff who helped out by working long and late shifts filling sandbags. They issued over 6,000 and kept supplies of sand topped up in five sandbag centres throughout the district

  • Dave Austin
  • Mick O’Connell
  • Phil Harris,
  • Richie Eastaff
  • John Paintin
  • Steve Wickson
  • Steve Wharton
  • Stuart Reynolds
  • Clint Chivers
  • Adam Evias
  • John Carr
  • Chris Parsloe
  • Chris Pollard
  • Rod Russell
  • Kevin Painter
  • George Whiteman
  • Scott Walker
  • Mark Darvill
  • Laurence Sutton
  • Matt Barnes
  • Roy Chadwick
  • Sophat Tep
  • Neil Harris
  • Staff from services areas across worked hard to support West Oxfordshire residents during the flooding period and this included people from Community Services, Housing, Customer Services, Environmental Operations, Business Support and Communications

Thames Valley Police

Silver Commanders

  • Insp Martin Percival
  • Chf Insp Jim O’Ryan
  • Supt Steve Hockin

Officers

  • PS Matt Sulley
  • PC Jan Warner
  • PCSO Timothy Forrest
  • PCSO Jonathan Clements
  • PCSO Fiona Heaver
  • PC Paula Cherry
  • PC Paula Greenaway
  • PC Paul Smith
  • PC Sharon Wellstood
  • PCSO Helen Webber
  • PCSO Josh Lee
  • PCSO Fran Stafford
  • Sgt Sue Thomson
  • PC Ian Crock
  • PC Simon Gurney
  • Insp Paul Powell
  • Ch Insp Paul Gration
  • PC Ian Henderson
  • Inspector Louise Roddy
  • Sergeant Michael Roddy
  • PC Duncan Wooloff
  • PC Kat Giles
  • PC Cath Taylor
  • PC Jude Miranda

Contingency Planning Officers

  • Richard Searle
  • Sabine Furlong

HQ Operations

  • Ali Pearson
  • Insp Jane Meadows

Communications

  • Laura Deane

Others

  • Fran Stride
  • Dave Reeves
  • Phil Marstin
  • Tony Miles
  • Kirstyn Tryer

 

  • These names above were chosen and supplied by the organisations themselves.

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10:38am Sat 8 Dec 12

A Scroat says...

I take my boat from the canal and go onto the Thames regularly. I know all the Lock Keepers in the Oxford area and they are a good bunch. It appears that there is not one included in the list of E.A. personnel. These are the guys that keep the water levels under check. It seems that some moron in the E.A. doesn't understand this. What a great piece of PR and a great way to demoralise important staff .
I take my boat from the canal and go onto the Thames regularly. I know all the Lock Keepers in the Oxford area and they are a good bunch. It appears that there is not one included in the list of E.A. personnel. These are the guys that keep the water levels under check. It seems that some moron in the E.A. doesn't understand this. What a great piece of PR and a great way to demoralise important staff . A Scroat

10:58am Sat 8 Dec 12

Louis Jankel says...

A Scroat wrote:
I take my boat from the canal and go onto the Thames regularly. I know all the Lock Keepers in the Oxford area and they are a good bunch. It appears that there is not one included in the list of E.A. personnel. These are the guys that keep the water levels under check. It seems that some moron in the E.A. doesn't understand this. What a great piece of PR and a great way to demoralise important staff .
I must agree with "A Scroat". Some of those mentioned within the EA group do not even work in Oxford and some have just started to work at desks and a long way away from water.
Lock keepers who live by their weirs and some of whom actually get cut off by the rising water stay at their posts out in the elements, physically keeping weirs clear and water flowing down stream as quickly as possible. Maybe your Journal should ask Lucy Bee to supply you with the names of all the Oxfordshire lock keepers and you tell the residents just who is actually actively protecting them!
Louis Jankel
[quote][p][bold]A Scroat[/bold] wrote: I take my boat from the canal and go onto the Thames regularly. I know all the Lock Keepers in the Oxford area and they are a good bunch. It appears that there is not one included in the list of E.A. personnel. These are the guys that keep the water levels under check. It seems that some moron in the E.A. doesn't understand this. What a great piece of PR and a great way to demoralise important staff .[/p][/quote]I must agree with "A Scroat". Some of those mentioned within the EA group do not even work in Oxford and some have just started to work at desks and a long way away from water. Lock keepers who live by their weirs and some of whom actually get cut off by the rising water stay at their posts out in the elements, physically keeping weirs clear and water flowing down stream as quickly as possible. Maybe your Journal should ask Lucy Bee to supply you with the names of all the Oxfordshire lock keepers and you tell the residents just who is actually actively protecting them! Louis Jankel Louis Jankel

2:02pm Sat 8 Dec 12

cowleycowconjurer says...

I can't believe the EA haven't included lock keepers in this list. I spoke to one of the so called flood ambassadors in Oxford and he gave me some generic rubbish about being vigilant. It wasn't until i spoke to the lock keeper that i had actually got some assurance about the situation. These are people who actually know the river and the local area not just someone who wants a day away from the office. The EA should recognise the skill, knowledge and hard work that their ground staff do every day not just when there are a few TV cameras around.
I can't believe the EA haven't included lock keepers in this list. I spoke to one of the so called flood ambassadors in Oxford and he gave me some generic rubbish about being vigilant. It wasn't until i spoke to the lock keeper that i had actually got some assurance about the situation. These are people who actually know the river and the local area not just someone who wants a day away from the office. The EA should recognise the skill, knowledge and hard work that their ground staff do every day not just when there are a few TV cameras around. cowleycowconjurer

9:59pm Sat 8 Dec 12

wayzgooze1 says...

I must agree with all the above comments. I would not like to take away any credit from those people who were out there putting up flood defences clearing ditches etc.but there seems to have been an influx high viz jackets with clip boards on a PR exercise trying to make the EA look good.
I must agree with all the above comments. I would not like to take away any credit from those people who were out there putting up flood defences clearing ditches etc.but there seems to have been an influx high viz jackets with clip boards on a PR exercise trying to make the EA look good. wayzgooze1

10:21am Sun 9 Dec 12

A Scroat says...

wayzgooze1 wrote:
I must agree with all the above comments. I would not like to take away any credit from those people who were out there putting up flood defences clearing ditches etc.but there seems to have been an influx high viz jackets with clip boards on a PR exercise trying to make the EA look good.
I agree. I am sure the clip board lot were worried about Health & Safety and even more worried about which box to tick. At least the general public know who does what. We are very grateful to those on the ground who actually get things done.
[quote][p][bold]wayzgooze1[/bold] wrote: I must agree with all the above comments. I would not like to take away any credit from those people who were out there putting up flood defences clearing ditches etc.but there seems to have been an influx high viz jackets with clip boards on a PR exercise trying to make the EA look good.[/p][/quote]I agree. I am sure the clip board lot were worried about Health & Safety and even more worried about which box to tick. At least the general public know who does what. We are very grateful to those on the ground who actually get things done. A Scroat

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