Fire Service prepares for further flooding incidents
The Service has remained busy over the past few days and has not only responded to 999 calls but has sent boats crews out to check properties and to ensure people are safe and not at any risk.
There are boat crews available at Hereford, Worcester, Evesham and Droitwich Fire Stations and Water First Responder teams available at Malvern, Upton, Pershore, Kidderminster, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Leintwardine and Ross-on-Wye.
Area Commander Mark Preece said: “We have been working closely with our colleagues in other agencies over the last week including; West Mercia Police, the Environment Agency and local councils. Everyone is working hard to try and ensure our communities are kept as safe as possible from the floods.
“We are grateful for the support from the military and we currently have a number of army officers based at our Fire Station in Upton. They will be deployed as and when needed by any of the agencies. I must also acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Severn Area Rescue Association and West Midlands Search and Rescue – these are volunteer agencies which provide boat support to us as and when needed.”
The road networks across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are affected by flooding and the situation can change rapidly. Therefore motorists are urged to check for road closures by either tuning in to local radio, visiting news and travel websites or checking on Worcestershire County Council’s website or Herefordshire Council’s website. Road users should not drive through floodwater as the risk can be significant. The majority of flooding related 999 calls to HWFRS’ has been to motorists stuck in floodwater.
The Service would also like to emphasise that Worcester is still open for business despite the current city bridge closure. Worcestershire County Council will be providing free Park & Ride on both Saturday and Sunday from Perdiswell between 7am and 7pm.