St John Ambulance provides support to Northampton holiday park evacuation

SJA officers

St John Ambulance was called in for support after residents of caravan parks near Northampton were evacuated amid flooding fears.

More than 1,000 caravans are believed to have been evacuated at Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Mill holiday parks as a precautionary measure after the Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area.

Northamptonshire County Council, the Environment Agency and other agencies took the decision to evacuate because of the potential state of the River Nene. Evacuation of Cogenhoe Mill started at the weekend, with evacuation of Billing Aquadrome starting around 3pm on Monday 30 April.

Range of support provided for evacuees

An emergency shelter was set up in Lings Forum, Weston Favell, where dozens of people who could not stay with family or friends spent the night. Many agencies supported the evacuation, including St John Ambulance, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, WRVS and RSPCA.

St John Ambulance provided two ambulances and six first aiders. The ambulance crew helped transport people from the site and first aiders provided continuous cover at the rest centre.

First aiders, including nurses and doctors, were able to provide help with medication queries, and provide pain relief or treatment for any minor injuries that people had before being evacuated.

People were told that they could return to their holiday homes on the morning of 3 May.