Pictured above: The Poachers in Elsworth was flooded and needed to cancel bookings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Credit score: Keith Jones).
The fireplace service handled greater than 600 incidents in three days as a result of excessive ranges of flooding on account of Storm Bella.
The Cambridgeshire Hearth and Rescue Service, which declared a ‘main incident’ mentioned it was a ‘difficult’ operation because it assisted folks trapped in automobiles from Wednesday afternoon to Friday morning.
The fireplace service, working with its Suffolk counterpart because the Mixed Hearth Management, handled greater than 600 collectively.
Space Commander Chris Parker mentioned: “Whereas many residents have been having fun with the festive interval, our crews, officers and emergency name handlers have been laborious at work serving to these impacted by the flooding seen throughout the county.
“Working with our companions from the Surroundings Company, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and native authorities, crews have been out pumping water out of properties, helping with journey to relaxation centres and serving to construct flood defences.
“Crews additionally assisted folks trapped of their automobiles after making an attempt to journey by way of flooded roads.”
“This was a really difficult operation for everybody concerned, from the dynamic flash flooding section to the preparation for the arrival of Storm Bella,” he continued.
“The coordination group declared it a serious incident as a result of response wanted.
“Our Mixed Hearth Management handled greater than 600 incidents in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk between the primary name on Wednesday afternoon and Christmas Day morning, whereas additionally transferring crews across the county to take care of cowl for different emergencies.
“The companions remained in touch often over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day to coordinate the actions to assist hold residents as protected as attainable. Fortunately the climate didn’t hit Cambridgeshire as badly as different elements of the area.
“Though we plan for incidents like this, it all the time brings challenges, particularly through the early dynamic phases.
“Residents may also help with this by following some easy steps, corresponding to checking for climate warnings, having sand baggage handy (even home made ones utilizing sand from any residence upkeep store) and by no means driving by way of flood water on a street.”
He added: “As an emergency service we’re all the time ready to reply, even at Christmas.
“Our workers labored extremely laborious from the primary name, day and evening, to assist these in want.
“I wish to thank everybody concerned for his or her laborious work, together with these from our associate companies.”
For extra data on the best way to put together for a flood, go to cambsfire.gov.uk.
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