Yeovil Buildbase yardman Ryan Stanley fills sandbags with branch manager Kyle Chesterman.

Buildbase helps Somerset residents fight floods

Published:  14 February, 2014

Builders’ merchant Buildbase is working with its network of suppliers and customers to donate urgent flood relief to Somerset residents.

Transported by freight company TXX, around 1,000 environmentally friendly sandbags travelled from Jutexpo’s warehouse near Ipswich to Buildbase in Yeovil, where they are being filled with sand and made available to homes in the surrounding areas.

The builders’ merchant is also working with suppliers to donate protective clothing such as chest waders, 200 high visibility waterproof jackets and 10,000 nitrile gloves, as well as provisions such as wheelbarrows and cleaning materials to help local volunteers.

Buildbase branches in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Radstock, Yeovil and Malmesbury are all taking part in the initiative and local residents will be able to collect sandbags and supplies from those locations while stock is available.

Kyle Chesterman, branch manager at Buildbase in Yeovil, said: “A number of villages in the area have been stranded, people need to get out and the area can only be accessed by foot. This is a massive undertaking and the whole community has come together to help each other out in what is an incredibly distressing situation.

“As a local business you are involved in the local community at many levels and you can’t just watch from the sidelines when it’s in jeopardy. We are doing everything we can, supporting the currently stretched local authorities. By working with our network of suppliers and customers, we are in a good position to provide vital materials to help stop the damage spreading even further.”

Buildbase was alerted to the plight by its customer Brington Engineering, which is helping with the relief effort. Ann Cooper, operations director, said: “We are based in Somerset and can see that our communities are suffering, big time. Volunteers are attempting to stop the further spreading of the floods by shoring up banks and growing sandbag defences. The community in Somerset is pulling together to help those that have been affected by the terrible flooding on all levels.”

Rodo supplied the high visibility jackets. Sales and marketing director Colin Thomason said: “As one of the country’s leading Hi-Vis suppliers, we are delighted to be involved with Buildbase and other suppliers to help those in the Yeovil area.

“With all the services stretched to breaking point, it is fantastic to see local communities pulling together to assist with building defences and in the clean-up operation. It is hoped that the 200 coats provided will go a long way to help.”

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